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Starks done for season
Struggling cornerback put on injured reserve

By Jerome Solomon, Globe Staff | November 11, 2005

FOXBOROUGH -- It has been one heck of a year for Duane Starks, thanks to a list of milestone achievements.

When in the span of a few months you fulfill a promise to your mother by getting your college degree and you get married, your biography can declare a year as special.

And before those accomplishments, Starks was paroled from the lowly Arizona Cardinals and relocated to New England, which had won consecutive Super Bowls.

But the past two months have not been very good for Starks, and yesterday he hit a low point, as he was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots, bringing his 2005 season to an end.

Starks, slowed by a thigh injury since training camp, has a shoulder problem that coach Bill Belichick said could require surgery.

''Medically, we're looking into what the best way is to handle his situation with his shoulder, and he'll probably have some kind of procedure done soon," Belichick said. ''Right now, the main thing is he's just not healthy."
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