The Patriots announced today that DL Mike Wright has been placed on injured reserve (concussion). Defensive back Phillip Adams has been signed to the 53-man roster.
Mike did everything he could to return and contribute to the team," Bill Belichick said Thursday. "Unfortunately, we felt the best course of action was to place him on injured reserve at this time.
Wright, 6-4, 295 pounds, played in the season opener at Miami (912) and had one tackle and a half a sack but was inactive for the last four games. He returned to practice briefly last week but wasn't cleared to play against the Jets.
Wright, who originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Cincinnati in 2005, has 174 total tackles and 15.0 sacks in his 81 games with the Patriots.
Adams, 5-11, 192 pounds, was originally signed by the Patriots on Sept. 21 and was active but did not play in the games at Buffalo on Sept. 25 and at Oakland on Oct. 2 before being released on Oct. 8.
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FOXBORO – There was some offensive line attrition this morning at the first full-contact practice of training camp.
Most notably, guard Jonathan Cooper left the field on a cart.
Cooper, acquired from the Cardinals in the Chandler Jones trade, went down during a drill when the offensive line was firing off and hitting bags and carrying the blocks out. It appeared to be his right foot that was afflicted. He was down for a few minutes and the team had to move the drill away from him as he stayed down. Quarterback Tom Brady went over to check on Cooper before Cooper was helped gingerly to a cart alongside trainer Jim Whalen and was carted away.
Ian Rapoport from NFL Media reported after Cooper went down that the former first-rounder is battling plantar fascia, a painful foot ailment.
That’s what led to him needing to be held off, according to Rap.
Meanwhile, center Bryan Stork kinda just slipped out of practice. He was first noticed missing when he did not take part in 1-on-1s which came early in practice. He was out there for the beginning of practice so whether he was hurt, sent off for whacking people or had a dentist’s appointment isn’t known.
Bill Belichick wasn’t available after practice. Otherwise we’d have the full scoop.
We’ll keep an eye on that for Sunday.
Running back D.J. Foster and guard Shaq Mason meanwhile didn’t take part in 1-on-1s and retired to a lower field for some conditioning. Guard Josh Kline’s workload is also a bit limited while guard Tre Jackson and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are on the PUP list still.
The Patriots have practice Sunday and are in the stadium for a night practice on Monday before getting Tuesday off.
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