New England Patriots

The New England Patriots practice on Oct. 30, 2019 in Foxborough, Mass. (Matt Dolloff/WBZ-FM)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn (pictured above, No. 76) was spotted during the media availability of Patriots practice on Wednesday. This means the team has officially designated him to return from injured reserve.

The Patriots now have 21 days to activate Wynn from IR. If they don’t, he will remain on IR and his season will end. But barring a major setback, the belief is that Wynn will be activated to the 53-man roster as soon as he’s eligible.

NFL rules state that players placed on IR after being named to the 53-man roster must miss at least eight games before returning to game action. Since the Patriots have their bye in Week 10, that means Wynn won’t be eligible to play until Week 12 at home against the Cowboys.

Wynn’s designation to return officially ends the season for X other Patriots who hit injured reserve after the start of the season: fullbacks James Develin and Jakob Johnson, and kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The latter was not expected to be able to return in 2019 anyway.

This also means that rookie OL Yodny Cajuste, whom the team placed on the reserve/non-football injury list, will not return either.

Wynn should represent a significant addition to the Patriots’ offensive line, where journeyman Marshall Newhouse has started at left tackle over the past six games. Left tackle has been an area of concern ever since Wynn went down with turf toe during a Week 2 win over the Dolphins. Pro Football Focus has given Newhouse a below-average 58.6 overall grade this season.

Now the Patriots have to hope that Wynn can stay healthy for the rest of 2019.

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