Patriots’ Wynn Out for Season
By Kevin Duffy
FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots’ worst fear for rookie Isaiah Wynn has been confirmed.
Wynn, who was carted into the locker room during the first quarter of Thursday’s preseason win over the Eagles, suffered a torn Achilles, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He’ll miss the remainder of the season.
The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Wynn made his preseason debut on Thursday, rotating in with the starting offensive line for the second and third possessions. He subbed in for right tackle LaAdrian Waddle, and appeared to be competing for the job as Marcus Cannon continues to sit out due to injury.
Wynn was the No. 21 pick in the 2018 draft. The Patriots acquired the pick when they traded receiver Brandin Cooks to the Rams.
A standout at the University of Georgia, Wynn is the latest in a long line of Patriots top draft picks who have suffered major injuries.
Dominique Easley, the team’s first-round pick in 2014, had chronic knee problems and lasted only two seasons in New England. Cornerback Cyrus Jones, the top pick in 2016, suffered a torn ACL in his second season. Defensive end Derek Rivers, the top pick in 2017, lost his rookie season to a torn ACL. Their next pick in 2017, offensive tackle Antonio Garcia, never played in a game. He sat out as a rookie due to a medical condition and was waived in the spring.
Additionally, defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (third round in 2016) and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (fourth round in 2016) spent the 2017 season on injured reserve. Mitchell was released during training camp.
Without Wynn, the Patriots still have adequate tackle depth. Trent Brown is the starter on the left side, and Cannon, if healthy, has been a reliable player on the right side. Waddle is a solid No. 3 tackle. He impressed last season before he was slowed by knee and ankle injuries.