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2018 Patriots roster cuts: New England places wide receiver Braxton Berrios on injured reserve

The rookie has been diagnosed with the Foxboro Flu, it seems.

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The New England Patriots will have to cut their roster down to 53 men by 4:00 p.m. ET today, and there are multiple way of doing that. One is putting players on the injured reserve list, something the Patriots already did twice today: offensive tackle Ulrick John and tight end Ryan Izzo will all spend the 2018 season on the sidelines. Now, a third player joins them in rookie wide receiver Braxton Berrios.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New England has placed Berrios on injured reserve:

Patriots are putting rookie WR Braxton Berrios on IR, per source.

The sixth-round draft selection appeared in the first of New England’s preseason contests – playing 11 offensive snaps and registering one catch for three yards while also serving as a punt and kickoff returner –, but has been a no-show ever since. It now looks as if he suffered some previously unreported injury along the way that will keep him out this year.

Berrios was not guaranteed a spot on the Patriots’ roster, but still spend the entire 2018 season in New England by getting placed on injured reserve. His rookie campaign could therefore be seen as a redshirt season.