Patriots reportedly place Isaiah Wynn on IR for second time in his two NFL seasons
Wynn's injury will cost him at least eight games
Early Tuesday morning, it appeared that the New England Patriots had dodged a bullet with the injury left tackle Isaiah Wynn suffered in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins. Then, things changed drastically just hours later.
Ian Rapoport initially reported that Wynn should be considered week-to-week with turf toe after the results of his MRI came back. He reported that the injury was not season-ending, but that New England would be without him "for the time being." Later that afternoon, Field Yates then reported that Wynn would actually be placed on injured reserve.
What's interesting is that Yates classified this as a "foot injury" instead of a toe injury. This could mean that the issue is a little more serious than previously thought. With the move to IR, Wynn will miss at least the next eight weeks.
Wynn, a former First-Team All-SEC talent at the University of Georgia, suffered a torn Achilles in the second game of his first NFL preseason that sent him to injured reserve and ended his rookie season before it started in 2018. The Patriots were excited to have him back in the fold for 2019, and although he got off to a strong start, he'll now be sidelined.
The loss of Wynn will be felt, but it's nothing the Patriots can't live with. They've defeated their first two opponents by a combined score of 76-3, on the heels of both their offense and defense playing excelsior football. With quarterback Tom Brady continuing to defy time but now strapped with a dynamic receiving corps led by Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and -- until further notice -- Antonio Brown, the Patriots don't exactly need Wynn in Week 3 to likely dismantle a New York Jets team that is now on their third starting quarterback in as many weeks.
With Sam Darnold out indefinitely with mononucleosis and Trevor Siemian having suffered what looks to be a major ankle injury in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns, it's unlikely an 0-2 Jets team led by Luke Falk will put up much of a fight against Brady and Co. The Patriots would like to have Wynn back as soon as possible, but they'll undoubtedly manage until he returns.
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