The New England Patriots released wide receiver Michael Jenkins earlier today in the biggest move of the three they recently announced, but Jenkins’s release didn’t really come as a surprise. Now, the Patriots have announced that they have placed guard Tyronne Green on the injured reserve, and they also cut backup offensive tackle Kevin Haslam.
Green’s injury didn’t seem serious at all, so it is a surprise to see that the Patriots have placed him on the I.R. In all honesty, this is clearly the most surprising move of the three, and it will be interesting to hear news of the severity of Green’s injury. He had a very good training camp, and I honestly thought he had the best bet to be the fourth guard on the roster.
Haslam is a 26-year-old tackle who also had a minor injury in training camp, and he is a former San Diego Chargers spot-starter. The loss of both players thins the Patriots depth on the offensive line, but Haslam’s cut comes as little surprise. Although he wasn’t awful or anything, he wasn’t expected to make the roster at all. I also believe that the excellent play of R.J. Mattes led to Haslam being cut, because Mattes, an undrafted rookie out of N.C. State, had a fantastic preseason outing against the Philadelphia Eagles.
I wonder if Green’s placement on the injured reserve means that Nick McDonald is healed up and ready to return to the Patriots, because he could come back if he is fully healthy again. McDonald would be a top backup for the Patriots at guard, and he played decently well last season and has terrific versatility. I also wonder if surprise camp body Brice Schwab’s huge game against the Eagles was also some motivation for these moves.
Hopefully Green’s injury isn’t too bad, and I want to hear more details on his status.