By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots are signing veteran offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Right tackle Marcus Cannon suffered a shoulder injury in last Sunday's season opener, adding further injury and depth concerns to the roster.
Newhouse, 30, has played the last eight seasons in the NFL in stints with the Packers, Bengals, Giants, Raiders, Bills, and Panthers. He started 14 games at right tackle for the Raiders in 2017, then played two games for the Bills in 2018 before being traded to Carolina. He played 11 games for the Panthers, starting two.
The eight-year veteran will give the Pats another option to play right tackle if Cannon has to miss time. They also have trade acquisition Korey Cunningham, who came over from the Cardinals in August. Cunningham was inactive Sunday against the Steelers.
According to Mike Reiss, Cannon's shoulder injury is not considered serious or long-term in nature. But it hasn't been ruled out that Cannon would have to miss Week 2 at Miami. Cannon suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of the Patriots' 33-3 win, forcing left guard Joe Thuney to move to right tackle for the first time in his career.
Even if Cannon plays Sunday against the Dolphins, there's a good chance that Newhouse or Cunningham will also be active as insurance. They probably don't want to play Thuney at right tackle again. His move brought Jermaine Eluemunor into the game, which caused a massive drop-off at left guard. They'll be better off replacing Cannon with another tackle.
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