Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald is reporting that the Patriots will place second-year defensive lineman Ron Brace on injured reserve on Monday. The reason the move will come on Monday is the fact that the team needs a roster spot for LB Brandon Spikes when he returns from his four-game suspension, and it appears that Brace will not be able to suit up for the rest of the season. To put a positive spin on an otherwise bad situation, this likely means that Mike Wright should be returning in time for the playoffs. Wright is the team’s best pass rusher off of the defensive line.
It’s a shame that the season had to end like this for Brace. He seemed to make huge strides this season and started five games at defensive end. Even if Wright returns, the depth on the defensive line is a concern. Myron Pryor has also been out for several weeks and there’s been no word on his return, though he may be in the same position as Wright. Having a sturdy defensive line will become all the more important should the Patriots face the Baltimore Ravens and Ray Rice come playoff time.
** Update ** The Herald is also now reporting that Myron Pryor is set to see his first action in weeks Sunday against the Dolphins. That’s great news for the Pats and it will be good for Pryor to get some playing time before the playoffs start. You can read the full report here.