The New England Patriots will be without Chase Winovich for a minimum of three games.
The organization placed the outside linebacker on injured reserve Tuesday, per the NFL wire, signing defensive back Myles Bryant to the 53-man roster and kicker Riley Patterson to the practice squad in corresponding moves.
Winovich, 26, had exited with a hamstring injury during New England’s 35-29 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The team subsequently downgraded Winovich from questionable to doubtful. The 2019 third-round pick out of Michigan recorded 11 sacks through two seasons. He’s since recorded seven tackles and one quarterback hit this fall, playing 19 percent of the snaps on defense and 47 percent of the snaps on special teams.
Bryant, 23, has served both as a standard elevation and a Covid-19 replacement this year, recording two tackles with one for loss through 19 downs in the secondary. The Washington product originally signed with the Patriots as part of the 2020 undrafted class. Between cornerback and safety, Bryant appeared in nine games as a rookie to total 12 tackles and an interception.
Patterson, 22, visited New England for a second workout on Friday with incumbent kicker Nick Folk remaining limited in practice due to a left knee injury. The Reese’s Senior Bowl invite had signed with the Minnesota Vikings at the conclusion of the 2021 draft and was waived from injured reserve with a settlement in August. Patterson saw action in 52 games during his career at Memphis, going 64-of-83 on field goals and while logging 240 extra points and 295 kickoffs for the Tigers.
The Patriots stand with an active roster of 53 and practice squad of 16 following the transactions.