Patriots place Ty Montgomery on IR and sign Lil’Jordan Humphrey to 53-man roster

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The New England Patriots are placing running back Ty Montgomery on injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. In a corresponding move, the team will also be signing receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey to the 53-man roster.

Montgomery has been dealing with a knee injury since the Patriots’ preseason finale game against the Las Vegas Raiders. There were concerns that he wouldn’t be available for their Week 1 opener against the Miami Dolphins, but he made an appearance and scored the only touchdown of the game.

The Patriots already have a clear No. 1 and No. 2 option in the backfield with Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson, but things are starting to look pretty thin if one of the two go down with an injury.

Outside of J.J. Taylor, a replacement could come down between rookies Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris.

Meanwhile, Humphrey being elevated to the main roster is interesting considering he was one of the most productive players in the preseason. Not only could he contribute as a receiver, but he could also play a role on special teams.

Going on IR means the earliest Montgomery could return would be the Patriots’ Week 6 matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

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