The Patriots have announced their final cuts, several of which already had been reported. (Check the 53-man roster tracker for the full list.)
While the names that previously hadn’t made their way to the public eye contain no surprises, the Pats have included an eyebrow-raiser in their latest press release: Veteran safety Adrian Wilson has been placed on injured reserve.
A 12-year veteran who had spent his entire career in Arizona, Wilson appeared on the depth chart as a second-string safety. He reportedly had been battling a hamstring injury. He nevertheless played in the team’s second, third, and fourth preseason games.
It doesn’t mean Wilson will get his entire $1 million base salary. He could be released with an injury settlement — or without one, if/when the Pats conclude he’s healthy. A grievance then could follow.
It also doesn’t mean Wilson is sufficiently injured to be placed on injured reserve. But it wouldn’t be the first time a player who wasn’t injured enough to be on I.R. received that designation.