– Placement of outside linebacker Shilique Calhoun on the injured reserve.
– Activation of the offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor outside IR.
– High inside linebackers Terez Hall and Cassh Maluia of the practice squad.
– Waiver of defensive tackle Nick Thurman.
– Added tight end Jordan Thomas to the 53-man roster.
– The back back signed Paul Quessenberry to the training team.
Calhoun has been a staple in New England’s passing packs this season and has also played 42.8% of the Patriots special-team shots. His absence should create additional opportunities for second-round pick Josh Uche.
Eluemunor played well early in the season as the Patriots’ surprise starter in the right tackle. It’s unclear if he’ll reclaim that spot given how rookie Mike Onwenu performed in his absence.
This is Hall’s second consecutive elevation. He started and played last week in his NFL debut, recording six tackles in a 30-27 win over the New York Jets. Maluia was removed from the 53-player roster this week. He has appeared in seven of New England’s first eight games, but has yet to play an NFL-level defensive game.
The additions of Hall and Maluia cast doubt on the status of starting linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley for Sunday. Bentley missed last week’s game with a groin injury and is one of 17 Patriots players listed as questionable.
Baltimore has one of the best running infractions in the league, ranking first in yards per game and third in yards per carry this season.
The Patriots recently added depth along the D-line in the form of Carl Davis, who made his debut against the Jets, and Isaiah Mack, who could do so on Sunday, making Thurman consumable.
With Thomas, who the Patriots claimed waivers from the Arizona Cardinals earlier this week, now officially on the roster, he will be eligible to play on Sunday. New England, however, could wait until next week to use Thomas as he has yet to practice with his new team.
Sony midfielder Michel was not activated out of the injured reserve. The Patriots have until Thursday, November 26 to activate Michel, who returned to practice on November 5.
Running backs coach Ivan Fears said on Friday that Michel’s quad injury and his move to the reserve / COVID-19 list “really put him back.
“We have to get him back in shape,” Fears said. “We have to get it back in shape and get it going again. And he does a great job. I mean, he looks really good in training. He really is.
The decision not to activate Michel could be seen as a good sign for defender Damien Harris, who is seen as questionable with chest and ankle injuries but has said he is preparing to play.
Kicks off Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium.
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