Pats place P Jake Bailey on IR, promote Michael Palardy

The New England Patriots placed Jake Bailey on injured reserve Saturday and promoted fellow punter Michael Palardy from the practice squad.Bailey has a back injury and will have to sit out at least four games. His earliest return would be in Week 16 at the Las Vegas Raiders.Bailey, 25, is averaging a career-worst 42.1 yards per punt this season. He also handles kickoffs for the Patriots and has 28 touchbacks on 44 kicks through nine games.