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Three Patriots rookies placed on non-football injury list

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The New England Patriots will report to training camp in six days, and so some procedural moves are being made in preparation.

Per Wednesday’s NFL transaction wire, the Patriots placed rookies Rhamondre Stevenson, Cameron McGrone, and Joshuah Bledsoe on the non-football injury list. This designation means the players are not eligible to practice until their removal from the list.

Bledsoe, who was a sixth round pick in April’s draft, suffered a broken wrist during Senior Bowl week and did not participate in Missouri’s Pro Day or Patriots minicamp.

McGrone, a fifth round pick out of Michigan, is still recovering from a torn ACL in November of 2020. After his selection in April’s draft, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick stated, “We’re not really sure what the expectation of availability is for him, but we’re prepared certainly to not have him available this year.”

Stevenson, a third round pick from Oklahoma, was a limited participant in minicamp. Running backs coach Ivan Fears had this to say about Stevenson in the spring, “He’s fighting through a couple nagging things, but he’s working his butt off and we’re excited about that.”

Given their “Active” designation, all three players are eligible to come off the list at any time.