The Patriots placed defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale on injured reserve and released defensive back William Hooper from their practice squad Tuesday.
According to ESPN, Ekuale suffered a torn bicep while attempting to make an arm tackle in the second quarter of last Sunday’s 15-10 win over the Jets. He will miss at least four games and could be in danger of sitting out the season. The Pats also lost defensive tackle Davon Godchaux to an ankle injury against the Jets, though the severity of his injury is unknown.
The Patriots now have an open spot on their 53-man roster and practice squad, following Hooper’s release. A source told the Herald the Patriots have not contacted reps for former defensive tackle Carl Davis, who recently signed to the Seahawks’ practice squad. Davis, who stands at 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, served as the Pats’ backup nose tackle the last two seasons.
The Pats signed Hooper two weeks ago and did not elevate him for any regular-season games. The 23-year-old originally signed with the Packers in May after coming out of FCS-level Northwestern State. The Packers released him during final roster cuts on Aug. 29.
Over five seasons in college, Hooper recorded 100 tackles, three interceptions and 21 pass breakups over 46 career games. Hooper was named to the 2022 Southland all-conference second team after breaking up a dozen passes as a senior. After the draft, he earned rookie minicamp invites from the Packers and Bills.