Four members of the New England Patriots’ practice squad have been called up for Sunday’s visit to NRG Stadium, including former Houston Texans undrafted free agent James Ferentz.
The veteran interior lineman will serve as a Covid-19 replacement along with defensive back Myles Bryant. In addition, guards Alex Redmond and Will Sherman will serve as standard elevations.
Ferentz, 32, has appeared in 24 games and notched four starts for New England since arriving in 2017. The Iowa product made previous NFL stops with Houston and the Denver Broncos, earning a pair of Super Bowl rings.
Bryant, 23, signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent from Washington in 2020. Between cornerback and safety, Bryant saw action in nine games as a rookie to record 12 tackles and an interception. He played nine snaps on defense and one snap on special teams as an elevation last week.
Redmond, 26, entered the league with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA in 2016. He arrived in Foxborough in May with 32 games and 24 starts on his résumé before beginning September on the practice squad.
Sherman, 22, was selected by New England in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft at No. 197 overall. The guard-slash-tackle by way of Colorado joined the practice squad at its formation after clearing waivers.
All of whom are scheduled to revert on Monday.
Left tackle Isaiah Wynn and left guard Mike Onwenu remain on the Covid-19 reserve list for the Patriots. And right tackle Trent Brown, who has since been placed on injured reserve, as well as right guard Shaq Mason were ruled out on the final injury report of the week. Those absences leave center and captain David Andrews as the remaining 20 percent of the starting offensive line versus Houston.
New England also downgraded outside linebacker Ronnie Perkins and cornerback Jalen Mills from questionable on the eve of the 1 p.m. ET kickoff.