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New England Patriots guard Cole Strange is the highest ranked Patriots offensive player by Pro Football Forcus in Week 13

The New England Patriots placed 2022 first round pick Cole Strange on injured reserve. The move ends the 2023 season for Strange. New England’s left guard injured his knee in Sunday’s game against Kansas City and had to be carted off the field.

A knee injury also caused Cole Strange to miss four of the first seven games for New England this season. After struggling for much of his rookie season, Strange injured his knee in training camp. When he finally returned to the lineup for good in Week 8, the improvement in his game was noticeable. Pro Football Focus graded Strange as the top offensive player for the Patriots in both Week 10 against. the Colts and Week 13 against the Chargers.

Head coach Bill Belichick echoed the sentiments of Strange’s progress on the field.

“The more he’s been able to stay on the field, the better he’s gotten. I think he’s played better through the more recent weeks of the season. He missed quite a bit of time there early in the year in training camp, which slowed him down. But I think he’s been playing his best football lately.”

There is no further information at this time at the extent of Cole Strange’s injury. Rookie Atonio Mafi, who filled in for him on Sunday, will likely start in his place.

New England’s Reserve/Injured List

Cole Strange joins a lengthy list for New England on IR. And this does not include RB Rhamondre Stevenson, whose return in 2023 seems unlikely, though he remains on the active roster. There are currently 12 Patriots players on the Reserve/Injured list:

OT Calvin Anderson
CB Isaiah Bolden
WR Kendrick Bourne
DL Daniel Ekuale
CB Christian Gonzalez
CB Marcus Jones
LB Matthew Judon
LB Raekwon McMillan
WR Tre Nixon
OL Riley Reiff
OG Cole Strange
OL Tyrone Wheatley, Jr.

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