New England Patriots

New England Patriots tight end Devin Asiasi steps on the field before the start of an NFL football training camp practice, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

By Ty Anderson,

The New England Patriots traveled to Buffalo without rookie tight end Devin Asiasi.

Asiasi’s absence came with a ‘personal’ designation, as the first-year pro was grieving following the death of his personal friend. Unfortunately, Asiasi is not the first Patriot to deal with a tragedy this season, joining James White in that respect. The Patriots gave White all the time needed to handle his situation, and appear to be willing to do with the same with Asiasi.

But when Asiasi landed on the injured reserve yesterday, additional questions popped up, and were quickly answered by Bill Belichick during his Wednesday morning call with the media.

“It’s separate,” Belichick confirmed. “He’s on the injured reserve with an injury, not a personal situation.

“I don’t really have anything to add. He wasn’t in Buffalo for personal reasons and he’s on injured reserve because of an injury. I don’t know what else to tell you.”

With Asiasi out, and with Dalton Keene missing Sunday’s game due to a knee injury, the Patriots rolled with Ryan Izzo as the team’s lone tight end in a 24-21 loss to the Bills. That may remain the case, too, as Asiasi will miss the next three games on I.R. while Keene will have to have a strong week of practice before making a potential return back to action.

Drafted by the Patriots with the 91st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Asiasi has appeared in five games with the Patriots this season, but has yet to find himself targeted in the passing game on his 81 snaps played.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.