Patriots place WR Welker on IR with knee injury

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Wes Welker’s season is officially over now that he’s been placed on injured reserve.

The New England Patriots made the move Wednesday, three days after Welker suffered a serious left knee injury in the first quarter of their 34-27 loss at the Houston Texans. Welker led the NFL with 123 receptions, a club record.

The Patriots also have signed linebacker Thomas Williams from the practice squad, added wide receivers Nick Moore and Robert Ortiz to the practice squad, and placed wide receiver Darnell Jenkins on the practice squad/injured list with an ankle injury.

New England plays at home Sunday in a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.