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The New England Patriots could be in some trouble at what is arguably their most important position aside from quarterback.
First-round offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn tore an Achilles in Thursday night’s game, according to multiple reports, and will miss his rookie season. He was a candidate to replace Nate Solder as 41-year-old Tom Brady’s guardian on the blind side.
Wynn’s injury likely cements Trent Brown — at 6-8 and 380 pounds, he’s the largest player in NFL — as the left tackle, a position that’s essentially been manned by Solder and Matt Light for nearly all of Brady’s 17 seasons as a starter. Brown typically played on the right side for the 49ers, who traded him to New England during this year’s draft.
Wynn, the 23rd overall pick of the draft, was a tackle at Georgia, though his 6-2, 310-pound frame suggested he might project better at guard as a pro. Still, the Patriots were looking at him at both tackle spots prior to his injury. Now, LaAdrian Waddle is likely to back up both Brown and right tackle Marcus Cannon.
It’s been a rough go for New England’s rookies. Running back Sony Michel, a Bulldogs teammate of Wynn’s in college, was drafted 31st overall this year but has been sidelined with a knee injury. The Patriots hope to have him back in time for Week 1 as part of a new-look backfield that lost Dion Lewis in free agency.
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