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 99   Mike Wright   DL
  Height: 6-4   Weight: 295
  Year: 6   Yrs/Pat: 6
  Acquired: FA-05
  School: Cincinnati
  Major: Criminal Justice
  Born: Mar 1, 1982    

Career Transactions

Mike Wright was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots on April 29, 2005 ... Placed on injured    reserve with an ankle injury (1/6/06) ... Placed on injured reserve with a foot injury (12/13/07) ... Re-signed by the Patriots (3/16/09) ... Placed on injured reserve with a head injury (1/7/11).

Career Statistics

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Career Highlights

Career GP/GS (Playoffs): 80/21 (4/0)

  • Wright has played in 80 games with 21 starts over six seasons since joining the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent prior to the 2005 season.
  • In his first six NFL seasons (2005-2010), Wright totaled 173 tackles (107 solo), 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and nine special teams tackles.
  • Set a career-high in 2010 with a team-leading 5.5 sacks.
  • Wright has proven to be a versatile presence on the defensive line, starting at defensive end, defensive tackle and nose tackle in his career.
  • Wright was the only undrafted rookie free agent to make the Patriots' opening-day roster in 2005 and played in 13 games as a reserve that season.
  • Wright recorded a blocked field goal against Miami on Oct. 8, 2006, reaching up to swat away a 40-yard Olindo Mare attempt.

2010 Season

2010 (10/5, 0/0)

  • Played both nose tackle and defensive end, finishing the season with 17 total tackles and a career-high 5.5 sacks, despite missing six games due to injury.
  • Recorded a sack in four straight games from Oct. 4 at Miami to Oct. 31 vs. Minnesota.
  • Placed on injured reserve with a head injury on January 7, 2011.
  • Raised his season sack total to 5.5, dropping Ben Roethlisberger for a 10-yard loss on third-and-11 from the Pittsburgh 28-yard line in the fourth quarter and combining with Shawn Crable for a sack on third-and-30 in the first quarter (11/14). He also registered four tackles.
  • Sacked Tarvaris Jackson for a loss of 10 yards against the Vikings, marking his fourth game in a row with a sack (10/31). Recorded two tackles.
  • Dropped Philip Rivers for a five-yard sack in the fourth quarter against San Diego (10/24).
  • Sacked Joe Flacco for a 3-yard loss on third-and-4 in the first quarter, finishing a three-and-out for the Patriots defense and forcing Baltimore to punt on the next play (10/17).
  • Registered a quarterback hit in each of the first two games of the season.
  • Started at right end in the season opener against the Bengals

2009 Season

2009 (16/9, 1/0)

  • Played in all 16 games while setting a career-high with nine starts.
  • Also set career highs in tackles (48), sacks (5.0) and passed defensed (2).
  • Set a single-game career-high with a two-sack performance vs. Baltimore (10/4), taking down Joe Flacco on a nine-yard sack and an eight-yard sack.
  • Recovered a botched snap from center vs. Tennessee (10/18), helping set up a Patriots touchdown on the ensuing drive.
  • Started at Buffalo (12/20) and led the team with a season-high 10 tackles, including his fifth sack of the season when he hauled down Ryan Fitzpatrick for a four-yard loss in the first quarter.
  • Played in a reserve role in the Patriots postseason game vs. Baltimore (1/10) and finished with four tackles.

2008 Season

2008 (16/2)

  • Played in all 16 games and recorded two starts.
  • Started at left end in place of an injured Ty Warren against the N.Y. Jets (11/13) and Pittsburgh (11/30).
  • Finished the season with 33 tackles (17 solo) and had a then career-high 2.5 sacks, a total that ranked fourth on the team.
  • Finished fourth on the club with eight quarterback hits and tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles.
  • Notched two tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and a quarterback hit against Denver (10/20).
  • Made his first start of the season and posted a season-high eight tackles (5 solo) against the N.Y. Jets (11/13).
  • Started at defensive end while playing in his 50th career game against Pittsburgh (11/30) and made seven tackles.
  • Tallied his second sack of the season with a 16-yard strip sack of JaMarcus Russell at Oakland (12/14).
  • Tallied a single-game career high four quarterback hits, including a half sack, against Arizona (12/21).

2007 Season

2007 (9/1, 0/0)

  • Played in nine games and made one start before being placed on injured reserve with a foot injury (12/13).
  • Saw his first action of the season and registered his first tackle along with one special teams tackle at Cincinnati (10/1).
  • Made his first start of the season at defensive end at Dallas (10/14).
  • Tallied a season-high four tackles at Indianapolis (11/4).
  • Registered four tackles, including a half sack while dropping Ben Roethlisberger for a nine-yard loss vs. Pittsburgh (12/9).

2006 Season

2006 (16/4, 3/0)

  • Played in all 16 games, starting three contests at nose tackle and one at defensive tackle.
  • Made his first career NFL start at defensive tackle against the N.Y. Jets (9/17).
  • Got his hand up and blocked an Olindo Mare 40-yard field goal against Miami (10/8).
  • Saw significant action on the defensive front and registered two solo tackles and a forced fumble against Buffalo (10/22).
  • Played in a reserve role on the defensive front and notched four solo tackles and a fumble recovery at Green Bay (11/19).
  • Deflected a punt and notched a solo tackle during special teams duty against Chicago (11/26).
  • Against Detroit (12/3), pounced on a Jon Kitna fumble that was forced by a Rosevelt Colvin strip-sack.
  • Started at nose tackle against Houston (12/17) and notched six tackles (3 solo) and a sack.
  • Led the team with a career-high 12 tackles (9 solo) while making the start at nose tackle at Tennessee (12/31).

2005 Season

2005 (13/0, 0/0)

  • Played in 13 games as a rookie and collected 16 tackles (10 solo) while serving as a backup along the defensive line.
  • Placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury (1/6/06) and missed the playoffs.
  • Made his NFL debut and saw action on the kickoff return unit against Carolina (9/18).
  • Registered four tackles (2 solo) against the Colts (11/7).
  • Saw significant action on the defensive front and collected five tackles (4 solo) in the season finale against Miami (1/1).


  • As a senior at Cincinnati in 2004, led all defensive tackles with 42 stops, while recording six tackles for loss.
  • Tallied a career-high eight tackles against Army.
  • Blocked a PAT against Miami (Ohio) which was returned for a defensive score.
  • Played in nine games, making six starts on the defensive line for the Bearcats in 2003 and finished the season with 32 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss.
  • Named Cincinnati's newcomer of the year on defense.
  • Missed the entire 2002 campaign with a knee injury in the preseason.
  • Joined the Bearcats as a walk-on in 2001 and was redshirted after transferring from Ashland University.
  • In 2000, played on special teams in seven games in his only season at Ashland.


  • Mike Wright was born the son of Gary and Chris Wright on March 1, 1982 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • All-state honoree as a senior at Purcell Marian High, playing for coach Tom Stickley.
  • Named to the all-city team after helping lead the team to a league title his senior year.
  • Participated in the 2008 Salvation Army Holiday Party at Gillette Stadium with nearly 250 children from the Boston and Providence Salvation Army centers.
  • Majored in criminal justice at Cincinnati.

Extra Points

  • Coming out of high school, Mike's only offer to play football was at Division II Ashland University. After transferring to the University of Cincinnati as a freshman, he decided to walk on to the football team after walking by a spring practice.
  • Mike went to Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, the same school attended by Pro Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.