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Patriots kicker Quinn Nordin kicks a field goal during warmups before a preseason game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (Syndication: The Providence Journal)

The Patriots are waiving rookie kicker Quinn Nordin, as first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates on Wednesday. This comes one day after the team designated him to return from IR.

Nordin was one of the big stories of Patriots training camp. The undrafted Michigan product challenged Nick Folk for the starting job throughout the summer. After a 10-for-10 performance during an in-stadium walkthrough practice, he went 6-of-8 on field goals and 4-of-7 on extra points in three preseason games. He ended up making the roster along with Folk, but was inactive Week 1 then placed on IR with an abdominal injury.

There’s still a chance Nordin can return to the Patriots despite being waived. If no team claims him, the Patriots can then sign him to their practice squad – a move ESPN’s Mike Reiss described as ‘likely.’

While Nordin was on IR, he was ineligible to practice with the team. If the Patriots can get him to the practice squad, it would allow the rookie to get valuable reps without taking up a spot on the active roster, which would have been the case had he been activated from IR.

The Patriots currently have two open spots on their practice squad. One spot was opened on Wednesday, when the team released cornerback BoPete Keyes. Keyes, who was signed on Tuesday, was with the team for less than 24 hours.

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