The New England Patriots have released undrafted rookie offensive lineman R.J. Mattes from the injured reserve list after both sides agreed to an injury settlement. Mattes was an All-ACC player last season for the North Carolina State Wolfpack, and he has bounced around a couple of times this offseason. The Patriots placed him on the injured reserve following the second preseason game, as Mattes injured his ankle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mattes was placed on the I.R. at the same time as the releases of A.J. Edds and fellow UDFA Scott Vallone. The lack of depth on the New England Patriots offensive line kept Mattes as a threat for the practice squad, and the depth tackle had a terrific game in Week 1 of the preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles. But Mattes was expected to only be a camp body in his second stint with the Patriots.
The Pats must cut down their roster to 75 on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, but R.J. Mattes does not count towards the crackdown to 75. Mattes was on the injured reserve, and thus he was subtracted from the 90-man roster upon his placement on waivers to the I.R. His release from the I.R. simply means that he is able to try and find another team. The Patriots are currently at 84 men on the roster.