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Dolphins WR Gibson goes on IR with knee injury

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Dolphins WR Gibson goes on IR with knee injury
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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Gibson (10) celebrates his touchdown catch against the New England Patriots with Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a left knee injury, ending his first season with the team.

Gibson was hurt in the first half of Sunday's loss at New England and replaced by Rishard Matthews.

''It's a tremendous loss,'' receiver Mike Wallace said. ''Brandon scored three touchdowns in the last two games, and we could definitely use that. But when Rishard came in the game he did a good job, and I think he'll continue to do that. You can't panic. We're not the only team this has happened to. We just have to keep pushing.''

Gibson signed a $9.78 million, three-year contract as a free agent last offseason, and became a favorite target of Ryan Tannehill. He finished the year with 30 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns.

Matthews, who has 19 catches in two NFL seasons, will now assume a more prominent role in the Dolphins' sputtering offense. They'll try to snap a four-game losing streak Thursday against Cincinnati.

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