Patriots open up 2 roster spots after moving Daniel Ekuale to IR, releasing another player
The New England Patriots have moves to make.
As the team officially announced Tuesday, defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale has been placed on injured reserve. ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported earlier on Tuesday that Ekuale suffered a torn bicep during the Patriots’ 15-10 win over the New York Jets last Sunday. Players on IR don’t count toward the 53-man roster, so there’s now an open spot there.
The Patriots also have an opening on their practice squad, as Reiss also reported later on Tuesday that the team is releasing cornerback William Hooper. So, the Pats now have an open spot on both the main roster and practice squad.
Look for two new additions to come to the Patriots as soon as Wednesday. With Ekuale on IR, defensive tackle Jeremiah Pharms Jr. is a candidate to get the call-up from the p-squad to the main roster. They could also dip into free agency at the position; Reiss reported earlier in September that the Patriots worked out free-agent DT Phil Hoskins, who most recently spent training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Back in August, the Patriots worked out former Ravens and Steelers defensive lineman Chris Wormley. He recently signed to the Carolina Panthers practice squad. If the Patriots were to sign Wormley away from Carolina, he’d go straight to the 53-man roster.
Another injured Patriot to keep an eye on is defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, who also had to leave last Sunday’s game early. So, it would be rather surprising if the Patriots didn’t make an addition on the defensive line this week. Stay tuned.
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