Patriots place Holt on IR, ending his season, possibly his career

Torry Holt joined the New England Patriots in the hopes of earning another Super Bowl championship ring.

He won't have that chance this season.

The Patriots announced Sunday that Holt will miss the 2010 campaign because of an ailing knee that landed him on injured reserve. Since Holt signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract in New England, his days with the team -- and his illustrious NFL career -- could be over.

Holt, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection in 10 years with the St. Louis Rams, ranks 10th in NFL history in career receiving yards (13,382), 11th in receptions (920) and tied for 27th in touchdown catches (74). He's fourth on the league's career list with 77.4 receiving yards per game.

Holt, 34, spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who released him in February after he posted career lows in receptions (51) and yards (722) and failed to score a touchdown for the first time in 11 NFL seasons. However, Holt's 63-yard reception during a Dec. 13 game against the Miami Dolphins was the Jaguars' longest of 2009.

Notes: Veteran LB Derrick Burgess missed some training-camp time while dealing with what he called "a personal situation," but he finally practiced Sunday, two days after being activated from the reserve-did not report list. "I had to take some time to take care of it," Burgess said, according to the Patriots' official Web site. "They just told me to take my time and get my stuff together. ... My family business was my main interest at the time." Burgess, 32, denied that he had considered retirement shortly after signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the team. ... The Patriots re-signed WR Buddy Farnham and OL Bryan Simmons and released DB Ross Ventrone. All three were undrafted rookies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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