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Patriots put Starks on injured reserve

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Nov. 10, 2005) -- Duane Starks was placed on injured reserve with a bad shoulder, ending the season for the cornerback who replaced Ty Law in the New England secondary.

The 31-year-old Starks, acquired by the Patriots in March from Arizona, played in seven games with disappointing results. Starks was benched for the second half of the 40-21 loss to Indianapolis after he was beaten by the Colts' Reggie Wayne for a second-quarter touchdown.

Law, a stalwart on New England's Super Bowl teams, was released last offseason. He signed with the New York Jets.

Part of a defensive backfield that has been mostly ineffective this season, the 5-foot-10, 174-pound Starks had 26 tackles and no interceptions.

Starks was drafted by Baltimore in 1998 out of the University of Miami. He returned an interception for a touchdown during the Ravens' 2001 Super Bowl victory.

The Associated Press News Service

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