The New England Patriots released practice squad hopefuls Elvis Fisher and Lavasier Tuinei on Saturday after they both missed practice with injuries, and it was reported yesterday by MassLive.com’s Nick Underhill that Fisher will undergo knee surgery and will be placed on the injured reserve. Later, ESPN Boston’s Field Yates reported that Tuinei would have the same fate and be placed on injured reserve, and he confirmed that Fisher has also cleared waivers and will hit the I.R.
Tuinei reportedly suffered a shoulder injury, and it will be interesting to see if he stick around on the injured reserve for the entirety of the year. The Patriots only signed him a few days ago, and he does have good size and blocking ability. Tuinei, however, was unlikely to even make the practice squad.
Fisher’s release would have been surprising if it wasn’t due to injury, because the Patriots clearly liked him in undrafted free agency, as they gave Fisher $15,000 in guaranteed money. The issue with Fisher coming out of college was health, as the former Missouri Tigers left tackle was a standout in college and has the talent. Given his injury history and the fact that he either missed practice or was on the stationary bike, it is unsurprising to see that Fisher was released in order to join fellow Mizzou UDFA steal T.J. Moe on the injured reserve.