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FOXBORO -- Anyone hoping to see Vincent Valentine make his season debut got some bad news Friday.
Valentine, who has been inactive for both of the Patriots' first two games with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve. ESPN's Field Yates was first to report the news.
Source: the Patriots are placing DT Vincent Valentine on IR. He's dealing with a knee injury.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 22, 2017
With Valentine on IR, Geneo Grissom was added to the roster from the practice squad. ESPN's Mike Reiss had that one first:
Will create room for practice squad promotion of DE Geneo Grissom. https://t.co/dclVdc8ivY— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 22, 2017
Valentine, whom the Pats chose 96th overall in 2016, has not been practicing with the team as he's dealt with the knee injury.
A third-round pick of the Pats in 2015, Grissom was released by the team in September and signed to the practice squad a day later.
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Texans game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
DT Vincent Valentine (knee)
WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion)
WR Phillip Dorsett (knee)
DB Nate Ebner (shoulder)
CB Stephon Gilmore (groin)
TE Rob Gronkowski (groin)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
WR Chris Hogan (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (thumb)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
G Jeff Allen (ankle)
WR Will Fuller V (shoulder)
CB Kevin Johnson (knee)
RB Alfred Blue (ankle)
NT Brandon Dunn (knee)
CB Jonathan Joseph (shoulder)
G Xavier Su'a-Filo (knee)
DE J.J. Watt (finger)
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TE Stephen Anderson (concussion)
CB Marcus Burley (knee)
T Chris Clark (wrist)
WR Bruce Ellington (concussion)
TE Ryan Griffin (concussion)