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Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater, who was probably going to make the team when roster cuts are announced Saturday night, will likely be cut or placed on injured reserve after suffering a gross left arm injury in the preseason game against the Giants.
The Patriots, who are usually mum on injuries, said that Slater left the game with a “left arm injury” and would not return. Considering his arm turned inside-out when he hit the ground, I’d imagine he broke it at the elbow, and will be out for the season. The Globe’s Mike Reiss shares this sentiment: “Injury to Matthew Slater is projected as season-ending, otherwise he’d have a spot here as a special teams contributor.”
I’m sure the team will monitor Slater’s recovery, and he could become a special teams contributor with the Pats next season.