Foxboro, Mass.-The New England Patriots announced second-year wide receiver Curtis Jackson has been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He will be out for the remainder of the season.
Jackson, 28, was signed by the Patriots off the St. Louis Rams practice squad on Nov. 15, 2000. He saw action in five games with the Patriots last season, including two starts, and finished the season with five receptions for 44 yards and 13 kick returns for a 24.8-yard average. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 2, 2001, but was re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 4. On Oct. 21, 2001, he was activated off the practice squad but did not play against the Colts that day. He recorded a reception in both of the games that he appeared in and returned to kicks for 30 yards at Atlanta (11/4/01).
The 5-foot-10-inch, 194-pounder made the transition from running back to wide receiver during his junior year at Texas when Ricky Williams earned the starting role. He spent one season in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1999 before signing with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent on April 17, 2000.