Patriots Place LB Josh Uche On IR, Activate LB Chase Winovich

One of the Patriots’ rotational pass rushers will be out for at least three weeks. The Pats are moving Josh Uche to IR ahead of their Thursday game against the Falcons.

A second-year player out of Michigan, Uche has played on roughly a third of New England’s defensive snaps. He has worked as an off-the-bench contributor, joining a deeper stable of linebackers than the Patriots featured last season.

Uche has registered three sacks in nine games, though none have come since Week 2. That figure remains second on the team. Matt Judon leads the Pats with 9.5 sacks, but only he and Uche have more than two this season among Patriots. Last year’s 60th overall pick has totaled four quarterback hits as well.

New England will have some additional help, with fellow edge rusher Chase Winovich coming off IR Wednesday. Uche’s ex-Wolverines teammate has missed four games this season but has shown steady flashes as a sack artist in the past. The 2019 third-round pick posted 5.5 sacks in each of his first two seasons.

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