Fleming played in 12 games for the Patriots last season with six starts at tackle. The 25-year-old could potentially start at right tackle for the Cowboys -- which would move La'el Collins to left guard -- but at the very least he provides quality depth at tackle, a weakness illustrated due to the injury troubles of starting left tackle Tyron Smith (knee) in 2017.
There was some optimism that Fleming might be ready to play after returning to practice Tuesday, but instead he will not dress against the Chiefs. Regardless, the former fourth-round pick now has plenty of time to be ready for Week 2.
Fleming (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
It is a quick turnaround seeing as the Pats' first game is Thursday against the Chiefs, but making it to Tuesday's practice is a great sign for his potential activation ahead of the opener.
Fleming (ankle) did not practice Monday.
Unable to practice at all, things aren't looking great for his Thursday availability. If he's able to practice Tuesday or Wednesday, the team could make him active for Thursday's contest, but it's hard to imagine Fleming avoiding an inactive status if he can't turn in at least one session.
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