FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Patriots have placed CB Ras-I Dowling on injured reserve with a thigh injury.

Dowling, 24, is a veteran of two NFL seasons with New England after joining the team as a second round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft (33rd overall). The 6-1, 198 pound cornerback has played in eight regular season games with two starts, accumulating 10 total tackles. Dowling played in six games this season, recording seven tackles. Last season, Dowling started the first two games of his career before being placed on injured reserve with a hip injury Oct. 29, 2011.

Very depressing to hear.