Outside linebacker Tashawn Bower and kicker Nick Folk reverted to the New England Patriots’ practice squad on Monday, per the NFL transaction wire.
Sunday’s AFC East meeting marked the first elevation of the season for Bower, who recorded one tackle through 15 defensive snaps. Originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2017, the 26-year-old LSU product has been with the Patriots since November 2019. Bower appeared in seven games and made three starts for the organization last campaign, logging 11 tackles to go with a batted pass.
Folk’s elevation marked his second and final one under the league’s addendum. It saw the veteran kicker go 1-of-2 on extra points and convert each of his four field goals, setting a franchise record previously held by Patriots all-time scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski with 33 in a row.
The Patriots stand with a practice squad of 15 after quarterback Brian Hoyer signed to the active roster on Saturday. Though with rookie kicker Quinn Nordin placed on injured reserve due to an abdomen injury, an opening remains for the 36-year-old Folk to officially rejoin the 53.
A 2007 Pro Bowler, Folk had also begun last fall on New England’s practice squad before twice earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for game-winning field goals of 50-plus yards.
The New Orleans Saints visit Gillette Stadium for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff next Sunday.