In a corresponding move, the offensive line-needy Patriots activated second-year center Bryan Stork from IR-DTR.
One of the longest-tenured Pats, Wendell started in 44 games from 2012-14 but played in just two this year. The 29-year-old former undrafted free agent began his New England tenure in 2009.
Wendell played 12 snaps for an injured Tre’ Jackson at guard against the Dolphins but was listed as doubtful with a knee ailment on the Pats’ injury report this week.
Stork started 11 contests at center for the Pats as a rookie and would provide some much-needed relief for a line that’s also lost Nate Solder for the season. The second-year man could, however, serve as a guard this season after rookie UDFA David Andrews has played every snap at center this year, Phil Perry of CSNNE.com reports.
Stork hasn’t played guard in the NFL but played at both guard spots while at Florida State.