Coach Bill Belichick expressed interest Monday morning in activating left tackle Isaiah Wynn to the 53-man roster.
“I think we’ll certainly want to make him active,” Belichick said on a conference call. “What the role would be and how everything would play out and so forth, we’ll just have to see.”
If activated, Wynn would be eligible to play in New England’s Week 12 matchup Sunday afternoon against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. The offensive line would welcome his return, with hopes his presence can provide more protection on Brady’s blindside and bolster the run game.
Wynn, a 2018 first-round pick, was placed on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury Week 2 against the Dolphins. To account for Wynn’s absence, the Patriots brought in Marshall Newhouse, who has played 100 percent of New England’s offensive snaps since joining the team in September.
“Marshall’s done a good job at left tackle,” Belichick said. “Our offensive line front has gotten a bit of continuity over the last few weeks. We’ll just see how it goes going forward, but we’re always excited and happy to have as many healthy players as we can out there on the field.”
Newhouse isn’t the only new starter on the line of scrimmage this season, as center Ted Karras has filled in for David Andrews, who is out for the season after being hospitalized for a blood clot in his lungs. Right tackle Marcus Cannon was also dealing with a minor shoulder injury at the start of the season.
Wynn, who missed all of last season with a torn Achilles’ tendon, would be New England’s second player to return off injured reserve this year.
Rookie N’Keal Harry made his regular-season debut Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia, catching three passes on four targets for 18 yards.
“I thought N’Keal competed well,” Belichick said. “There were some good things. There were some other things we have to clean up and improve upon. It’s good to have him out there. It’s good for him to get an opportunity to play.”
Gronk has empathy
Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski empathizes with Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, who was suspended indefinitely for his actions Thursday night against the Steelers.
Gronkowski, now a football analyst for Fox, did not condone Garrett’s behavior. Gronkowski likened the situation to what happened in a 2017 Patriots game against the Bills. Late in the fourth quarter, Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White intercepted a pass intended for Gronkowski. While White was still on the ground, Gronkowski dove onto him from behind and slammed his arm into the back of White’s helmet. Gronkowski was penalized for unnecessary roughness and later suspended one game.
“That frustration finally came to me — right there on the spot,” Gronkowski explained Sunday on Fox. “I got held about three times on that same play, and I just got up and I was frustrated. I just blacked out. I was furious. I was running after him like the play was still going on, and I went down and the second I went down, the second I brought the elbow right to his neck-head area, I said, ‘Oh no. What am I doing? This isn’t me.’ The follow-through went through, everything, it happened. But I knew right at that second, it wasn’t me.”
Garrett, who was ejected after striking Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with a helmet, is set to appeal his punishment.
“I’ve never seen something like this,” Gronkowski said. “It’s just not made for the game of football. It was ugly.”
Over the weekend, Gronkowski teased he has a “big announcement” coming Tuesday at 9 a.m. Will Belichick be monitoring the news?
“I’m sure my phone will be ringing off the hook, all the alerts I have on it,” Belichick quipped on his weekly radio appearance. “I’m sure it will be going crazy.”
If Gronkowski is planning on returning to the NFL this season, he must notify the league and the Patriots by Nov. 30.
His past announcements have included partnering with a CBD company and joining Fox as an analyst.
The Patriots earned their first “Victory Monday” of the year following their 17-10 win over the Eagles. Players will enjoy having off Monday and Tuesday before returning to practice Wednesday. Inside the locker room Sunday evening, Belichick congratulated the team and closed his remarks with, “You know what I think we’re ready for? I think we’re ready for ‘Victory Monday.’ ”
The proclamation was met with roaring applause and cheers.
“Today’s a day to celebrate,” added captain Matthew Slater. “Not only are we 9-1, but we got a ‘Victory Monday.’ ”
Jim McBride of the Globe staff contributed to this report from Philadelphia.