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Safety Guss latest Patriot to go on IR

FOXBORO, Mass. (Oct. 19, 2005) -- New England Patriots safety Guss Scott was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, joining the growing list of sidelined players in the team's secondary.

Scott became a starter when Rodney Harrison was lost for the season with a knee injury in the third game. Cornerback Chad Scott went on injured reserve last week and cornerbacks Tyrone Poole and Randall Gay have been sidelined most of the season.

The Patriots re-signed cornerback Hank Poteat and wide receiver Andre' Davis. They also released linebacker Wesly Mallard.

Since Sept. 28, the Patriots have signed safeties Michael Stone and Arturo Freeman in addition to Poteat.

With Harrison and Guss Scott sidelined Oct. 16 for a 28-20 loss at Denver -- and now for the rest of the season -- rookie James Sanders started. He also was hurt and was replaced by Freeman, who had signed only four days earlier.

Poteat originally signed with New England last Jan. 10 after the last regular-season game and played in all three postseason games, including the Super Bowl victory against Philadelphia. He was released on the final cut of training camp after being hobbled by a foot injury.

"I'm healthy. I'm ready to go," said Poteat, who had stayed in the Foxboro area and worked out regularly.

The Patriots acquired Davis from Cleveland on Aug. 22 and released him Sept. 28 after he was among their inactive players for the first three games.

Guss Scott, a third-round draft pick last season, spent his rookie year on injured reserve.

Mallard was signed April 19 after three years with the New York Giants, released Sept. 27 after appearing in three games and re-signed Oct. 12.

The Associated Press News Service

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