The New England Patriots’ offensive line will be without Isaiah Wynn for a minimum of eight weeks.
The 23-year-old starting left tackle was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, as ESPN’s Field Yates first reported.
New England’s top pick in the 2018 NFL draft left in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins with a foot injury and did not return. An MRI on Monday revealed turf toe for Wynn, a Georgia product who missed all of his rookie season due to a torn Achilles, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
Wynn had previously seen all 70 offensive snaps in New England’s season opener. He will be eligible to return to practice in six weeks, with Nov. 17 versus the Philadelphia Eagles looming as the earliest that the 2017 first-team All-SEC selection could return to play.
The Patriots’ active roster stood at 54 Tuesday with the addition of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch.
A 2016 fifth-round draft choice out of UCLA, Benenoch started every game for Tampa Bay at right guard last campaign. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound arrival offers additional experience at the bookend spots, where Wynn’s toe injury followed right tackle Marcus Cannon’s shoulder injury.
Veteran Marshall Newhouse joined the fold last week in wake of Cannon’s limited practice participation, and Newhouse started across from Wynn in Miami Gardens before the latter’s exit sent August trade acquisition Korey Cunningham into the huddle.
The tackles will be in focus as New England hosts the New York Jets for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday at Gillette Stadium.