Patriots place rookie linebacker Ronnie Perkins on injured reserve

The New England Patriots moved rookie outside linebacker Ronnie Perkins to the injured reserve Thursday afternoon, according to the NFL transaction wire.

Perkins will be eligible to rejoin the 53-man roster after three games.

The 22-year-old Oklahoma product was excluded from the final injury report ahead of Saturday’s game with the Indianapolis Colts due to an ankle injury. He started the week as a restricted competitor before being sidelined for consecutive practice.

Perkins, drafted in the third round at number 96 overall in April, is waiting for the first outing of his career after recording six solo tackles and six quarterback rushes through 96 preseason defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Prior to the bye, the two-time second-team All-Big 12 roster had been relegated due to illness.

Nine members of New England’s current active roster are listed as doubtful for the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Running-back JJ Taylor and offensive lineman Yasir Durant remain on the Covid-19 reserve list alongside injured tight end Dalton Keene. Start safety Kyle Dugger returned to practice on Tuesday.