The New England Patriots placed center Bryan Stork on injured reserve with a designation to return.

By SI Wire
September 09, 2015

The New England Patriots on Wednesday placed Bryan Stork on injured reserve with a designation to return, ruling their starting center out for at least the first six weeks of the season.

Stork sustained a concussion this summer and missed practice over the first half of this week. He can return to practice after Week 6, but cannot be activated until Week 8.

The Patriots did not elaborate on Stork’s condition, but he is listed on the team’s injury report with a concussion. Also listed as injured are safety Tavon Wilson (quad), running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring) and defensive end Trey Flowers (knee), all as questionable.

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Stork appeared in 13 games for the Patriots last season, starting 11. He also started two games in the postseason, including the Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Without Stork, the Patriots could turn to David Andrews or Ryan Wendell at center. A seven-year veteran, Wendell was on the team’s physically unable to perform list until Aug. 25 following off-season shoulder surgery. Andrews was an undrafted free agent out of Georgia.

The Patriots also signed defensive back Justin Coleman to their active roster from the Seahawks’ practice squad and added linebacker Alex Singleton to their practice squad. Offensive lineman Chris Barker was released from the practice squad as well.

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