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Patriots Place Starting RT Marcus Cannon on Injured Reserve

Patriots starting right tackle Marcus Cannon, who has been sidelined since injuring his ankle in a game Oct. 29, was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said earlier this year that the team was fortunate to have quality depth at offensive tackle, and now the team will rely on it, with five-year veteran LaAdrian Waddle and fourth-year player Cameron Fleming next on the depth chart. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia had referred to both Waddle and Fleming as starting-caliber players in early November.

Cannon, who was voted Associated Press second-team All-Pro last year, had signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract extension in November of 2016. He injured his ankle in the second quarter of a win over the Chargers on Oct. 29, and has remained in a walking boot since.

The Patriots also officially announced the signing of receiver Kenny Britt on Wednesday, in addition to bringing back veteran defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, who had been with the team from Nov. 7 to Dec. 3 and appeared in three games.

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