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Which Patriots player will be corresponding move to get Julian Edelman on active roster?

Ryan Hannable
October 02, 2018 - 3:07 pm

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman is back practicing with the Patriots, but the team has received a roster exemption from the NFL so they do not need to make a corresponding move until Thursday at 4 p.m. to get him on the active roster.

This could either come from placing a player on injured reserve, or having to release a player. There do not seem to be any candidates to be placed on IR, so releasing a player seems to be the more likely route. The team also has an open spot on the practice squad so the player who gets cut could eventually return to the team there.

There isn't a clear-cut option, but there do appear to be a few options.

Offensive tackle Cole Croston has only been active for one game this year and that was when tackle Marcus Cannon was inactive. He would likely clear waivers so the team wouldn't have to worry about losing him. Two other offensive linemen are options as well in Ted Karras and Brian Schwenke. Karras had been active for every game this season until Schwenke took his place on the active roster Sunday. Both are backup interior options. The only thing here is Karras has practice squad eligibility, while Schwenke does not.

Defensively, there aren't as many options.

Rookie cornerback Keion Crossen has been on the injury report this season with a hamstring injury, so maybe he could go to IR. It's also worth looking at the inactive players from Sunday's game and Derek Rivers, Geneo Grissom and Keionta Davis were all healthy inactives. It doesn't seem likely any of these three would be options, but you never know.

Stay tuned until Thursday, as it seems likely the team will wait until the deadline to make the move.

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