DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Andre Carter #93 of the New England Patriots holds his knee after an apparent injury while playing against the Denver Broncos on December 18, 2011 during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

Patriots Place Andre Carter On Injured Reserve After Quad Injury

Andre Carter's promising season is now over after the Patriots placed him on injured reserve following a quad injury.

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Andre Carter Injury: Patriots Place DE On Injured Reserve

In a move that was all but inevitable, the New England Patriots have placed defensive end Andre Carter on injured reserve, ending his season. Carter sustained a hamstring injury against the Denver Broncos on Sunday and had to leave the game in the first quarter. We learned on Monday that he would have surgery that was likely season-ending. That was confirmed Tuesday with the news that Carter would go on IR.

The good news for the Patriots is that Mark Anderson was fantastic in relief of Carter against the Broncos, but Carter will still be a massive loss. He had 10 sacks on the year before going down with his quadriceps injury and was almost certainly headed to the Pro Bowl. With the Patriots' secondary struggling this season, they'll depend on a good pass rush in the playoffs, so the team is going to have to make up for Carter's absence somehow.

For more on Carter and the Pats, check out New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit.

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Andre Carter Injury: Season Likely Over For Patriots DE

When Andre Carter went down with an injury in the first quarter of the New England Patriots' game against the Denver Broncos, it was obvious right away that he wouldn't be returning to the game. Carter was taken to the locker room on a cart for a leg injury, and now indications are that the leg injury is a serious one. Carter's injury was to his quadriceps, and it will require season-ending surgery.

Carter's injury is a serious blow to the Patriots, whose pass rush has not looked quite as fearsome as in years past. Carter has been the team's best pass rusher, producing 10 sacks on the season. However, there is some reason for optimism. Carter was replaced in the game by Mark Anderson, who performed very well and gave fans hope that the drop-off in production will not be too severe with Carter out of the lineup.

For more on Carter and the Pats, check out New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit.

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