Tyquan Thornton has a promising timetable to return from his shoulder injury
The latest Tyquan Thornton injury update gives a little clarity on his long-term status.
In the short-term, Thornton is officially on injured reserve to begin the 2023 regular season, meaning he must miss at least four games. But it sounds like Thornton has a chance at a quick return.
According to Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald, Thornton is “not anticipated being out for long” as he deals with a shoulder injury. It certainly isn’t shocking that Thornton’s season won’t be over, as evidenced by the Patriots naming him to the initial 53-man roster. He is now eligible to return from IR during the season.
Thornton originally suffered his shoulder injury while diving for a catch during joint practices with the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 17. So, Week 5 will mark more than six weeks since Thornton got banged up.
His slender build (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) was a concerning factor in his pre-draft evaluation, and it’s come to fruition, as he will miss at least four games to start each of his first two seasons. But frankly, the bigger worry for Thornton is his performance in training camp leading up to the injury.
At least one rookie wide receiver, Demario Douglas, appeared to blow by Thornton in the wide receiver pecking order, as he impressed in camp from start to finish. The other rookie, Kayshon Boutte, stacked days and built momentum as camp went on, and presents a direct comparison to Thornton as more of a perimeter threat.
The Patriots also signed two receivers to their practice squad to begin the season: Thyrick Pitts, who spent most of training camp in Foxboro, and former first-round pick Jalen Reagor, who was previously with the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles.
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