FOXBOROUGH - The Patriots announced that they have placed kicker Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve.
Gostkowski has a partial tear of an upper quad muscle, a league source confirms, an injury that takes a minimum of six weeks to heal.
The roster move means Gostkowski will miss the rest of the season, and so Shayne Graham -- who was signed Tuesday -- is much more than just an injury fill-in.
Quarterback Tom Brady was surprised to hear of the move.
"I didn’t realize that. That’s news to me," Brady said. "That’s a bummer. He’s been a hell of player here, a great kicker. We’ve got a few guys put on IR this year that are really great, dependable players that have worked hard: Kevin (Faulk) and Ty Warren. So he’ll be missed."
We'll have more on this as it develops.