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Patriots OT Trent Brown out against Jets, K Nick Folk, LB Tashawn Bower promoted from practice squad



Patriots OT Trent Brown out against Jets, K Nick Folk, LB Tashawn Bower promoted from practice squad

One week after Mac Jones took 11 hits in his pro debut, the Patriots offensive line will again be at less than full strength.

Starting right tackle Trent Brown was officially ruled out Saturday as the Pats flew to New Jersey for their upcoming road game at the Jets.

Brown, who missed two practices this week with a calf injury, had been listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. The 6-foot-8, 380-pounder hurt his calf at the end of the offense’s first drive in last weekend’s season opener and did not take another snap. He returned to the field Friday in a limited capacity.

Backup offensive tackle Yasir Durant is a prime candidate to start in Brown’s place. The second-year lineman saw 23 snaps in injury relief last Sunday. Durant replaced Justin Herron, Brown’s original replacement on the right side, in the second half. Herron was flagged once for holding and allowed two hurries in spot durty.

The Pats acquired Durant in a late August trade with the Chiefs, for whom he played right tackle and right guard. Left guard Michael Onwenu, who started 10 games at right tackle last season, could also start, though he said Wednesday he hasn’t taken any snaps at his old position. If the Pats move Onwenu from left guard, veteran backup Ted Karras would replace him on the interior.

The Patriots also elevated veteran Nick Folk and outside linebacker Tashawn Bower from their practice squad Saturday. Folk was elevated for the second straight week. He made all three field against versus Miami and nailed an extra point.

It’s likely the Pats will sign Folk to their active roster soon, with an open spot available and undrafted rookie Quinn Nordin on injured reserve with a hurt abdomen until at least Week 5. Bower’s addition is an effort to replenish the team’s depth on the edge, after Kyle Van Noy was ruled out with a throat injury. Bower could see early-down snaps against the Jets, considering Van Noy’s chief backups, Josh Uche and Chase Winovich, are better pass rushers than run defenders at this point in their respective developments.

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