Never mind: Patriots quickly release new addition after failed physical
The New England Patriots added a new defensive tackle to the roster. Until they didn’t.
In possibly the shortest Patriots tenure of all-time, former Carolina Panthers DT Marquan McCall was released Wednesday after being claimed by New England on Tuesday. The team officially announced the move Wednesday afternoon, after the conclusion of practice.
According to ESPN’s Jordan Schulz, the Patriots released McCall with a failed physical designation. Per Schulz, the decision was “due to a knee issue” that the Patriots “flagged.” Schulz added: “McCall has not missed any time due to a knee injury, and it came as a surprise.”
McCall was listed on the Patriots’ roster during practice on Tuesday in Foxborough, wearing No. 97. But obviously, he was not present, and these moves now explain why. With Nixon headed to IR, the Patriots now have an open roster spot. We’ll see if they try to add another defensive tackle or look to bolster their roster depth elsewhere.
The Patriots originally waived wide receiver Tre Nixon as a corresponding move on Tuesday. Instead, Nixon reverts to injured reserve, which would end his season. Nixon could later have the opportunity to be released from IR via an injury settlement, if he’s healthy enough to play.
Nixon has also seemingly been squeezed out by newfound depth at wide receiver for the Patriots. Strong summers for rookies Demario Douglas and Kayshon Boutte have made for an interesting battle for snaps and roster spots.
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