Patriots have one key starter Out, reportedly place specialist on IR prior to facing Jets

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It’s only the second week of the NFL season, but the Patriots are already dealing with injuries to a few key players heading into Sunday’s trip to MetLife Stadium to take on the Jets.

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy was listed as Out on the Patriots final injury report of the week after missing all three days of practice to a throat injury.

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Left tackle Trent Brown returned to practice on a limited basis on Friday and is listed as Questionable due to the calf injury that caused him to miss the final three-plus quarters of the season opener against Miami.

Tight end Jonnu Smith was limited in practice once again on Friday and is also Questionable due to a hip injury that popped up on Thursday.

Rookie linebacker Ronnie Perkins (shoulder) and backup tackle Yodny Cajuste (hamstring) are also listed as Questionable for Sunday’s game.

Elsewhere in injury news, New England is reportedly placing undrafted rookie kicker Quinn Nordin on injured reserve with an abdominal issue. According to NFL Network, which reported the news first, the team expects that Nordin could be ready to return in November.

With Nordin going on IR, New England doesn’t currently have a kicker on the 53-man roster. Veteran incumbent Nick Folk is on the practice squad and was promoted to the roster to kick against Miami last Sunday. Folk will almost certainly be promoted once again or signed to the 53-man roster in advance of Sunday’s game in New York against the Jets.