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Patriots activate outside linebacker Shilique Calhoun from injured reserve

To open a 53-man roster spot, New England waived defensive tackle Isaiah Mack.

New England Patriots Vs. Seattle Seahawks at Centurylink Field Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The New England Patriots activated outside linebacker Shilique Calhoun from injured reserve on the eve of Sunday’s matchup with the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Calhoun’s return to the 53-man roster was first reported by Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.

The 28-year-old Calhoun had been sent to IR midway through November due to a knee injury. He resumed practicing this week along with wide receiver Julian Edelman and defensive lineman Carl Davis, whose 21-day designation windows remain open.

A former three-time All-Big Ten selection out of Michigan State, Calhoun entered the NFL with the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2016 draft. He agreed to terms with New England as a free agent ahead of the 2019 season, and has registered 14 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles through eight games this season.

Those games have included 205 snaps on defense and 83 snaps on special teams for Calhoun.

The Patriots waived defensive tackle Isaiah Mack in a corresponding move, as detailed earlier Saturday by ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Mack had been awarded by way of the Tennessee Titans shortly after the league’s trade deadline passed. The 24-year-old Chattanooga product went undrafted in 2019 and appeared in 19 games across parts of two campaigns with Tennessee, tallying eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery. Mack saw action in two games with New England following his fall arrival.

Kickoff in Miami Gardens is set for 1 p.m. ET Sunday.