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Redskins Release Patten

The Redskins have released wide receiver David Patten, the team announced on Thursday. Patten spent two injury-plagued seasons with the Redskins after signing with the team in March 2005.

He was able to help the team in other ways, though. Head coach Joe Gibbs said Patten emerged as a team leader.

"David is a fantastic person and meant a lot to this team in the two seasons he was with us," Gibbs said. "Despite battling through some injuries that limited his time on the field, he continued to serve as a leader on our team and was a positive influence on many of our players.

"We appreciate the contributions he made over the past two years."

Patten was slowed by a hamstring injury most of last season. He was on the game day inactive list most of the year, and finished with just one reception for 25 yards.

In 2005, Patten played in nine games before suffering a knee injury that forced him to injured reserve. He finished with 22 catches for 217 yards.

In 10 NFL seasons, Patten has caught 259 passes for 3,761 yards and 20 touchdowns. He helped the New England Patriots win three Super Bowl championships from 2001-04.

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