New England Patriots

Isaiah Wynn of the New England Patriots looks on during the game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

Patriots starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn is eligible to start practicing this week after being placed on injured reserve earlier this season with a toe injury, but it remains to be seen if Wynn is ready to go or if the Patriots plan to activate him.

On his Monday conference call, head coach Bill Belichick did not shed much light on the team’s plans with Wynn, who has been out since the win over Miami in Week 2.

“It’s a possibility,” Belichick said of Wynn returning to practice. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Wynn, who has appeared in just two NFL games because of this toe injury and his torn Achilles last season, would not be eligible to return to game action for at least another two weeks. League rules would allow him to practice six weeks after being placed on IR.

With rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry already practicing, the Patriots have to decide between Wynn and fullback James Develin as their second and final player that can be returned from IR this season.

It is possible that the Patriots are waiting to see how the trading deadline plays out before they make a decision on Wynn. The team could look to add help on the offensive line by the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports suggested Sunday that the Patriots could explore a reunion with Giants left tackle Nate Solder.

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