New England Patriots

Marcus Cannon of the New England Patriots reacts on the field after suffering an injury during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon is not expected to play against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 as he deals with a shoulder injury. ESPN’s Mike Reiss first reported the news on Saturday.

Cannon sustained the shoulder injury late in the Patriots’ 33-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. He practiced in a limited capacity throughout the week and received a “Questionable” tag on Friday.

With Cannon likely out, recent trade acquisition Korey Cunningham is expected to rise to the starting role at right tackle. The Patriots deactivated Cunningham for the game against the Steelers, forcing left guard Joe Thuney into an emergency role at right tackle. Thuney handled the switch as well as you can expect for a guard playing right tackle for the first time since one game in college.

Offensive line depth is one of the top concerns for the Patriots at the start of 2019. Cannon apparently avoided a serious, long-term kind of injury to his shoulder. So for the Patriots, the hope is Cannon makes it right back in Week 3.

The Patriots officially announced that in addition to Cannon’s reported absence, running back Brandon Bolden (hamstring) has been downgraded to out against the Dolphins. That means rookie third-round pick Damien Harris has a chance to make his NFL debut.

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