NEW YORK — Patriots tight end Devin McCoursty will be cleared to practice Wednesday, but he’s still waiting for an MRI to confirm the severity of a hamstring injury that limited him to just six games last season.
McCourty’s return could come as early as next week, coach Bill Belichick said Thursday, although it would depend on how the MRI turns out.
The Patriots’ two-game winning streak snapped in Week 1 with a 41-38 win over the New York Jets.
They’ve won five straight since, and the offense was up to the task against the New Orleans Saints.
McCurtsty missed two games last year because of the injury.
He played in three games this year.
The 26-year-old was signed as a free agent in 2016.
He spent last season on injured reserve and was released this offseason.
McClubs have had to cut or trade their veteran tight ends and linebackers since the lockout.
New York had the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, and Patriots fans were happy to see the team grab the player they felt could fill a need.
McKenzie is a former undrafted free agent and spent three seasons with the New England Packers.
He had 1,521 yards and 12 touchdowns on 106 catches last season, including the playoffs.