The New England Patriots announced on Tuesday that they are placing special teams linebacker Brandon King on the reserve/PUP list. They also officially announced the signing of defensive tackle Darius Kilgo.
King will now miss at least the first six games of the regular season. He continues to recover from a torn quadriceps suffered during last preseason, which caused him to miss all of 2019.
Prior to 2019, King played 57 of a possible 64 games for the Patriots as he developed into a cornerstone of their special teams units. In 2018, he played the third-most ST snaps on the team with 281, behind only Nate Ebner (329) and Matthew Slater (303). He has also played 224 ST snaps in the playoffs for the Pats and played in three straight Super Bowls from 2016-18.
Coincidentally, Kilgo also missed entire the 2019 season with a quad injury. The 28-year-old is in his third stint in the Patriots organization.
Kilgo played for the Broncos from 2015-16 before being waived, then was claimed by the Patriots near the end of the 2016 season. He later signed a futures contract with the Pats in 2017 and joined their practice squad for one day before being released. In 2018, Kilgo played 11 games for the Tennessee Titans.
Kilgo joins a defensive line depth chart that already includes Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler, Deatrich Wise, Derek Rivers, Beau Allen, John Simon, Chase Winovich, Byron Cowart, Nick Thurman, and rookies Bill Murray and Nick Coe.