Nov 29, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots saftey Adrian Phillips (21) reacts after intercepting a pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots S Adrian Phillips departs with injury

New England Patriots safety Adrian Phillips exited Sunday’s game late in the first half against the Miami Dolphins and went to the locker room after sustaining what appeared to be a back injury.

Phillips tackled wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. with 18 second remaining in the second quarter but stayed down on the field and grabbed at the back of his left rib cage. Members of the team’s medical staff tended to him on the ground before he walked off the field under his own power.

Phillips was not on the field as the second half began.

Last season, Phillips appeared in all 17 games, making 13 starts. He recorded 92 tackles and four interceptions while also picking up nine pass defenses. In eight seasons with the Patriots and Chargers franchise, Phillips has 453 tackles with 11 interceptions and three forced fumbles in 97 games (53 starts).

Jabrill Peppers and Cody Davis could see more time in the New England secondary.

–Field Level Media

Jun 7, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers tight end Matt Sokol (48) during organized team activities at the Hoag Performance Center.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots claim TE Matt Sokol off waivers from Lions

The New England Patriots on Wednesday claimed tight end Matt Sokol off waivers from the Detroit Lions.

After going undrafted out of Michigan State, the 26-year-old played in two games with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020, seeing action on 15 plays. He was originally signed to a futures contract by the Lions’ in 2019 before finding his way to the practice squad of the Chargers, who waived him in 2021.

Sokol was on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad last season before signing a future contract with the Lions in January. Detroit released him Tuesday.

–Field Level Media