A trio of Patriots players landed on injured reserve today. ESPN’s Field Yates reports (via Twitter) that New England has placed running back Rex Burkhead, left tackle Isaiah Wynn, and nose tackle Carl Davis on IR.
The Burkhead move isn’t overly surprising; the veteran RB suffered a torn ACL last weekend, ending his season. Now in his fourth year with New England, the veteran was having another solid season as a change-of-pace back. Through 10 games, the 30-year-old collected 274 yards and three touchdowns on 67 carries. He had another 25 receptions for 192 yards and three scores.
While the Patriots will surely miss Burkhead’s veteran presence, the team does have a number of options at running back. Damien Harris has emerged as a solid option in the running game, and Cam Newton can still turn to pass-catcher James White. The team is also rostering former first rounder Sony Michel, who could return this weekend after having been sidelined since Week 3.
Wynn, a 2018 first-rounder, was limited to only eight games through his first two seasons in the NFL. However, in 2020, he’s emerged as one of New England’s best offensive lineman, and he’s shown versatility by playing both offensive tackle and offensive guard. The 24-year-old suffered a knee injury during last weekend’s loss to the Texans, but the lineman could theoretically return before the season is over.
Davis, 28, joined the Patriots after being signed off the Jaguars practice squad in October. The defensive lineman has seen time in three games for New England this season, collecting three tackles. He’s appeared in 39 career games (13 starts) with the Patriots, Ravens, Browns, Jaguars, and Colts.
Armstead is one of six players currently on a COVID-19 list around the league. He was expected to lead a Jaguars running back committee, following Leonard Fournette‘s departure. Players can be removed from the COVID list at any point. Armstead’s status will leave Devine Ozigbo and rookie UDFA James Robinson as the Jags’ running backs. This will be a team to monitor for waiver-claim adds at running back.
Nickerson, Giles-Harris and Orzich spent time on the Jaguars’ 53-man roster last season. The players jettisoned Saturday will become practice squad candidates, at least the bulk of them, on Sunday. Teams can begin signing players to their taxi squads Sunday, and after years of P-squads residing at 10 players, they will be 16-man units in this unique season.
Barely a month after re-signing Carl Davis, the Jaguars plan to cut him. The Jags will part ways with the veteran defensive lineman, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets.
Davis signed a one-year, $1.1MM deal with the Jags in early April. However, the five-year veteran will not be available until Week 5. The NFL handed him a four-game suspension in February for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy.
The former Ravens third-round pick caught on with the Jaguars last season, playing in two games. Davis has not suited up for more than five games in a season since 2017, when he started nine with the Ravens. The Iowa product has since spent time with the Browns, Colts and Jags.
The Jaguars announced that they’ll bring back Carl Davis for another year. However, the defensive tackle will not be available for the first month of the season thanks to his four-game ban.
Davis violated the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, resulting in a suspension to start the year. Naturally, that inhibited Davis’ market as he talked with clubs in March.
The 2015 third-round pick spent his first three seasons with the Ravens, tallying 30 tackles, half-a-sack, and three passes defended in 28 games (12 starts). His 2016 season was derailed by a knee injury, and he was limited down the stretch of the 2017 campaign with a hamstring issue.
After being released by the Ravens before the 2018 campaign, he hooked on with the Browns. Despite re-signing with the squad the following offseason, he was released by Cleveland following the 2019 preseason. He ultimately appeared in three total games for the Colts and Jaguars last year, collecting a single tackle.
Defensive tackle CarlDavis has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season, according to Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com. The impending free agent has been banned for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.
The 2015 third-round pick spent his first three seasons with the Ravens, compiling 30 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and three passes defended in his 28 games (12 starts). His 2016 season was derailed by a knee injury, and he was limited down the stretch of the 2017 campaign with a hamstring issue.
After being released by Baltimore prior to the 2018 season, he landed with the Browns. Despite re-signing with the squad the following offseason, he was released by Cleveland following the 2019 preseason. He ultimately appeared in three total games for the Colts and Jaguars last year, collecting a single tackle.
Davis is set to hit free agency. Considering he won’t see the field until October at the earliest, he might struggle to find his next gig.