New England Patriots

Nov 1, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Josh Uche (53) walks off the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

With just one game left to play this season, the Patriots have opened up a pair of spots on their roster. They did so by placing rookie linebacker Josh Uche (foot) and edge rusher Tashawn Bower on injured reserve. The moves were first reported Thursday afternoon by ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

This is Uche’s second time on IR this season. The 2020 second-round pick missed six games at the beginning of the year, also due to a foot injury. He’ll finish his rookie campaign with nine tackles, a sack, and seven QB hits in nine games. Shortly after being placed on IR, he posted a tweet implying his focus is now on 2021.

Bower was on-and-off the Patriots roster for much of 2o20, but played a consistent reserve role over the past three games. His season ends with 11 tackles in seven games.

The Patriots could end up with a pretty thin roster for Sunday’s season finale. In addition to the two players who were later placed on IR, four others did not participate in Thursday’s practice including center David Andrews (calf) and guard Shaq Mason (calf). Meanwhile, 15 players were questionable.

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