The New England Patriots announced that rookie wide receiver Josh Boyce has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Boyce injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 15 and hasn't played since.
To take his place on the roster, the team announced the signing of veteran receiver Austin Collie, as previously reported by ESPNBoston.com's Field Yates.
Boyce's primary contributions came as the team's kickoff returner, a role that running back LeGarrette Blount took over with authority in the season finale against the Bills. A fourth-round draft choice out of Texas Christian, Boyce played in nine games and returned nine kickoffs for 214 yards. He added nine receptions for 121 yards.
The injury status of fellow receiver Aaron Dobson also bears watching. Dobson injured his foot in the season finale and hasn't practiced this week.