The Patriots will be without a starter from their offensive line for the next two months at least, as the team has placed second-year tackle Isaiah Wynn on the injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
The Patriots are placing starting LT Isaiah Wynn on IR, per source. He’s going to miss at least 8 weeks as a result of a foot injury suffered in Week 2.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 17, 2019
Injured in the Week 2 shutout victory over the Dolphins this past Sunday, the Patriots originally labeled Wynn’s injury as ‘turf toe,’ and while that still may be the case, the move to the injured reserve indicates that this could be a more serious version of such an injury, or that the Patriots want to take their time with Wynn’s recovery. The later would certainly make sense, as Wynn, who has been the team’s starting left tackle through two games, missed all of last season due to an Achilles injury.
It’s just another heavy bodyblow to a thinning Patriots offensive line that’s already without David Andrews (blood clots, out for the season) and Marcus Cannon (shoulder, considered day-to-day). The Patriots have stayed busy addressing these losses, too, swinging three preseason trades for offensive lineman and signing another two in the last week alone.
That group includes reserves Korey Cunningham and Jermaine Eluemunor remain with the Patriots (the team cut veteran center Russell Bodine shortly after acquiring him from the Bills), as well as veteran Marshall Newhouse, who logged heavy time on the line in New England’s Week 2 win, and the newly-signed Caleb Benenoch.
Wynn’s move to the injured reserve creates a roster spot for the 25-year-old Benenoch.
The Patriots take on the New York Jets in a Week 3 head-to-head at Gillette Stadium.