The practice squad has returned to its 16-man limit for the New England Patriots.
Defensive tackle Nick Thurman and outside linebacker Tashawn Bower reverted from the active roster on Monday, according to the transaction wire. Both had been called up in advance of New England’s 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium.
It marked the fourth game of the campaign for Thurman, who has twice served as a Covid-19 replacement after twice being designated as a standard elevation. The 25-year-old saw a career-high 23 defensive snaps and recorded his fourth career tackle on a stop behind the line of scrimmage versus San Francisco running back Jeff Wilson Jr.
Thurman spent the duration of last season on the Patriots’ practice squad. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound University of Houston product entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018 with stints as a Houston Texan and Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
For Bower, Sunday afternoon marked his Patriots debut. Originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a rookie free agent in 2017, Bower had appeared in seven NFL contests to notch seven tackles and one sack. The 25-year-old out of LSU joined New England’s scout team last November and agreed to a futures contract to begin 2020.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Bower played 27 snaps on defense against the 49ers and finished with three tackles. He now returns without passing through the league’s waiver system.
The Patriots are scheduled to visit the Buffalo Bills for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff next Sunday in Orchard Park.