The New England Patriots made a minor move yesterday by placing backup offensive lineman Chris McDonald on the injured reserve, per a source close to ESPN Boston’s Field Yates. McDonald was released after it initially looked like he made the 53-man roster on cut day, but it was later reported that day that Josh Kline had made the roster. The Patriots later released Kline in an expected move after claiming two backup OLs off of waivers in Braxston Cave and Chris Barker, but they added Kline to the practice squad on Tuesday.
McDonald has effectively been redshirted by the team, and that’s probably best for both sides. The best McDonald could have done is sign on somebody’s practice squad, and he had no place on the roster for the Patriots. It also seemed like the Pats wanted to add someone else to the practice squad instead, and they now have an open spot. The signings of UDFA offensive tackles Jordan Devey and R.J. Dill gave the Pats a full eight-man squad, but Yates also reports that the signing of Devey to the practice squad was blocked for an unknown reason.
It will be interesting to see how the New England Patriots fill that final spot on the practice squad, and my guess is that they will add one of the five players they worked out on Tuesday. Cornerback Terry Hawthorne was the 150th pick in the draft and was the most notable of the five players worked out, and the Pittsburgh Steelers trash could end up being someone for the Patriots. He has intriguing ability, and he formed a great cornerback duo in college at Illinois with current Pats p-squader Justin Green. As for McDonald, he showed up pretty well in the preseason and should at least make the practice squad next year.