Patriots place tackle Jermaine Eluemunor on IR
By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots have placed starting right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor on injured reserve, according to a report from ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Eluemunor suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, and was not at practice on Wednesday. The 25-year-old was the starting right tackle for four of the Patriots first five games. He missed the loss in Kansas City due to a migraine. In 180 snaps this year he’s allowed just two sacks.
With David Andrews (thumb) and Shaq Mason (COVID) returning to practice on Wednesday, the Patriots now have more flexibility to replace Eluemunor. Rookie sixth-round pick Michael Onwenu is expected to fill in for him at right tackle – the two platooned at the position for the first two weeks before injuries took their toll on the offensive line.
It’s now three weeks before the Patriots can activate Eluemunor again. He’ll miss games against the 49ers, Bills, and Jets. The soonest he could be eligible to return is Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens.