New England Patriots undrafted free agent cornerback Stephon Morris has had some awful luck with hamstring injuries this month, as it was a hamstring injury that caused Morris to be released on the first day of the month. The former Penn State standout was promptly re-signed upon full health on Monday, and it looked like he would have an excellent opportunity in this game. The Patriots released cornerback Ras-I Dowling on Wednesday, leading me to believe that they liked their depth at corner enough to release the talented, but oft-injured No. 4 CB.
Stephon Morris suffered another untimely hamstring injury, and this one will most likely end up taking him out of consideration for the 53-man roster. According to a source close to MassLive.com’s Nick Underhill, Stephon Morris suffered a hamstring injury against the New York Giants.
But the fact that Morris is injured might help his future prospects with the Patriots, because the Pats can now redshirt him and place him on the injured reserve list. They have already redshirted several players, with defensive tackle Cory Grissom and offensive tackle Markus Zusevics being two notable, recent additions to the I.R. (both had legitimate shots of making the roster). Morris showed plenty of promise at Penn State (at least, for a UDFA) with good ball skills and tackling, and I think the ideal situation is one where Morris is redshirted on the injured reserve and shows his stuff next year.