New England Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley injured his hip in Thursday night’s NFL season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Easley suffered the injury early in the first quarter and was ruled out for the game shortly after halftime. He was initially deemed questionable to return.
Listed as a second-team defensive tackle on the Patriots’ depth chart, Easley did not register a tackle before the injury. Geneo Grissom replaced him on New England’s defensive line.
Easley, 23, is in his second NFL season. He appeared in 11 games last season, recording 10 tackles, one sack and one interception. According to ProFootballFocus.com, he played 270 snaps as a reserve for the Patriots.
New England’s first-round draft pick in 2014 out of Florida, Easley sustained ACL tears in both of his knees during college. He also battled injuries last season with the Patriots, landing on injured reserve with a knee injury on Dec. 17.
- Mike Fiammetta