Patriots placing Dominique Easley on injured reserve

The New England Patriots are shutting down rookie defensive tackle Dominique Easley.

He's being placed on injured reserve due to a knee problem.

Easley tore both of his anterior cruciate ligaments in college at the University of Florida.

He was still drafted in the first round.

Easley is a talented player with durability issues.

This year, he's started two of 11 games played and has seven tackles, one sack, one pass defended and an interception.

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Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.