The 27-24 win over the Los Angeles Rams marked the final elevation for Ekuale.
It saw the Washington State product play 14 snaps and push the pocket in the fourth quarter on what became an interception returned for a touchdown by safety Adrian Phillips. Ekuale, listed at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, had made his Patriots debut the week prior against the New York Jets with 17 snaps and his second career sack.
The 27-year-old Ekuale entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He appeared in 16 games, including five starts, through stops with the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars before signing to the practice squad as the calendar turned to September.
His next appearance would require a 53-man roster promotion under the NFL’s addendum.
New England travels to Bank of America Stadium for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers.