As Labor Day weekend nears, the New England Patriots are down to an active roster of 77.
The Patriots waived cornerback Michael Jackson and defensive tackle Michael Barnett on Thursday.
The latter received the injury designation, according to the NFL transaction wire, and will revert to New England’s injured reserve if unclaimed.
Jackson, 23, had been acquired from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a conditional 2022 seventh-round pick as training camp practices got underway. The University of Miami product originally entered the league with the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round last spring. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Jackson appeared in one game during his rookie regular season.
Barnett, 23, signed with New England following a free-agent workout on Aug. 24. The former University of Georgia defensive lineman went undrafted after appearing in 46 career contests in the SEC. Barnett started six as a 6-foot-4, 304-pound redshirt senior with the Bulldogs last fall.
The release of veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu would also become official for the Patriots.
The league’s 53-man roster deadline is set to arrive 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.