According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, the New England Patriots could lose wide receiver Brian Tyms for the upcoming season. ESPN's Mike Reiss adds that the injury was to the deep threat's foot. Foot injuries aren't to be trifled with and we hope Tyms has a speedy recovery.
Tyms was battling for one of the final receiver roster spots, offering additional value over his competitors as a special teams gunner. The team has finished the past two seasons with five wide receivers on the roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater. With Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, and Danny Amendola locking up three spots, there were two projected openings on the roster.
Receivers Aaron Dobson, Brandon Gibson, Josh Boyce, and Chris Harper now have a slightly more simple field to navigate to make the roster. Dobson is considered as close to a roster lock as possible as the coaches are treating him like LaFell and Edelman, where they're letting him nurse a minor injury to full health. Gibson is now the favorite to make the roster, although Harper will receive first-team looks to see how he performs on offense, in addition to his special teams value.
If Tyms never plays for the Patriots again, he will still have left his mark with the Tymsanity that overtook New England.