The New England Patriots have an injured rookie to take care of, and the team has already made a decision on the player.
Rookie linebacker Josh Uche is making his way to injured reserve. The talented player had an impressive performance in training camp, but he started off the regular season with a lot of injuries. Uche suffered a setback ahead of the Week 3 game against the Las Vegas Raiders, and the Patriots decided to put him on injured reserve for at least three weeks.
Veteran center David Andrews won’t join the Patriots for Sunday’s match against Las Vegas too. He will be out for at least two weeks. Davis had to undergo a surgery to fix his thumb. According to this year’s injured reserve rules, players have to sit for at least three games.
Veteran running back James White will be out too. His father was killed in a car accident right before Week 2. White will miss the game for non-injury reasons.
Patriots will have their injured rookie back on October 25
Being placed on injured reserve means both players will be able to hit the field on October 25. Patriots players will confront the San Francisco 49ers in that game.
Uche and Andrews won’t play against the Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. New England has a bye the following week before confronting the Niners. This will give players an extra day to relax and recover. Uche will get more time to sharpen his skills and adjust to his role. Being a rookie in such a tough season is quite a challenge.
NFL analysts had high expectations from Uche. He won’t be able to make an impact in the next few weeks. Things will change in the second half of the season though. The Patriots signed Uche for a reason. He will definitely try to make up for the time he lost.
The Raiders will come to New England packed with talented weapons. Gruden may play without at least one superstar, but he has enough healthy superstars to give Patriots players a scare.