In trimming their roster to the mandatory 75-man limit Tuesday, the New England Patriots made a surprising move.
BoddenThey placed their top cornerback, Leigh Bodden, on season-ending injured reserve. That might leave them with the NFL's least experienced starting tandem at cornerback: rookie Devin McCourty and sophomore Darius Butler, who started five games last year.
Bodden has a shoulder injury, the Patriots announced. Bodden later tweeted he would undergo surgery. He also hurt his knee early in training camp.
He started 15 games last year, including the postseason, and tied for the team lead with five interceptions. His 17 passes defensed were more than double the next-closest cornerback.
Clemens was on the verge of being released when he agreed to a pay cut to remain the third quarterback, a tough pill to swallow for a 2006 second-round draft choice. But Clemens wanted to stay make a Super Bowl charge with his boys.
ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini reports Clemens dropped his $1.1 million salary to a little more than the veteran minimum of $630,000.