FOXBORO -- When the Patriots traded for linebacker Marquis Flowers last week, it may have been an indication that they didn't anticipate linebacker Shea McClellin being available to them to start the season.
According to ESPN, McClellin has landed on injured reserve. McClellin, who has missed practice time since early August with an undisclosed injury, is eligible to come back off of injured reserve later in the season.
McClellin is a versatile piece for Bill Belichick's front seven. He has the ability to play both off the ball and on the edge, and he provides value in the kicking game. Flowers, who was acquired from the Bengals for a seventh-round pick, projects to be a core special teamer.
On the Patriots practice field Monday was running back Brandon Bolden, who was released as the team shrunk its roster down to 53 players over the weekend. With McClellin going to IR, a roster spot was opened for the reserve back and special teams ace.
Missing from Monday's practice were Cam Fleming and Vincent Valentine.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots could have a special-teams issue brewing. Though their regulars aren't expected to play, a handful of their top special-teams players weren't even in uniform before the preseason finale.
Shea McClellin, Nate Ebner and Harvey Langi were all missing from pregame warmups Thursday night. All three players missed practice time earlier in the week. Makes sense the Patriots added a linebacker with special teams experience, Marquis Flowers, earlier this week via trade.
Also missing from the field before Thursday's game were Andrew Jelks (NFI), Keionta Davis, Tony Garcia and Deatrich Wise. Wise is still working his way back from a concussion he suffered in the preseason opener.
FOXBORO -- In a week that has been about the receiver that the Patriots lost, they got one back at practice on Tuesday.
Malcolm Mitchell was on the field and working out with teammates for the first time since preseason game No. 2 in Houston two weeks ago. He appeared to tweak his knee in that game and did not practice the following week or play against the Lions. His availability could be key as the team attempts to cope with the loss of Julian Edelman. The Patriots also got receiver and special-teams ace Matthew Slater back on the practice field on Monday after an extended absence.
Missing from the practice field on Tuesday were Shea McClellin, Nate Ebner, Harvey Langi and Tony Garcia. Deatrich Wise left for the upper practice field after warmups as he continues to work his way back from a concussion.
The Patriots had a new linebacker in the fold wearing No. 59. The presumption is that was Marquis Flowers, who the Patriots reportedly acquired in a trade with the Bengals.
There were a couple of notable guests at Tuesday's workout from the Bruins: goalie Tuukka Rask and defenseman Kevan Miller.