Brian Hoyer’s stay on the New England Patriots’ practice squad ended Saturday.
Hoyer had been released as the NFL deadline passed in August and served as a standard elevation for New England’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins. He will continue as the lone active backup to rookie starter Mac Jones against the New York Jets.
The 35-year-old is in his third tour with the organization he joined as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2009. Now 70 games and 39 starts into his NFL career, Hoyer has thrown for 10,404 yards with 52 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.
The Patriots entered Saturday with an opening on the roster. That remains with rookie kicker Quinn Nordin’s move to injured reserve finalized.
Nordin had been ruled out due to an abdomen injury and was inactive in Week 1. In his absence, 36-year-old kicker Nick Folk went 3-of-3 on field goals as a fellow elevation from the practice squad.
New England utilized Folk’s second elevation from the practice squad for Sunday versus New York. Outside linebacker Tashawn Bower, who appeared in seven games and made three starts last campaign, has also been elevated.
Kickoff at MetLife Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET.