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New England punter Miller placed on IR

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Nov. 24, 2006) -- New England Patriots punter Josh Miller is out for the season after being placed on the team's injured reserve list with a shoulder injury.

The Patriots punting job appears to belong to Ken Walter, signed earlier this week. Walter punted for the Patriots for three seasons before being replaced by Miller in 2004.

The Patriots also have rookie punter Danny Baugher on the practice squad.

The 36-year-old Miller played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1996-2003 before signing with New England as a free agent. The 11-year veteran has a 43.1-yard career average on 747 punts, placing 247 of them inside the 20-yard line with 83 touchbacks.

Miller finished fourth among punters in the NFL last season with a 45.1 yard average, second highest in Patriots history behind Tom Tupa's 45.8 yard average in 1997.

Walter has been out of the NFL since being cut by the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the 2004 season. He has a 39.1 yard average on 510 career punts.

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