Darius Fleming might get to play in his first regular-season game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
The third-year NFL linebacker was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, according to the NFL transaction wire, assuming the 53rd spot on the roster after defensive back Don Jones was waived earlier in the week.
Fleming, 25, made the Patriots’ active roster out of training camp after signing as a free agent on May 16. The team released him on Sept. 13, yet he returned as a member of the practice squad after clearing waivers on Sept. 16.
With fellow reserve linebacker Chris White a late addition to the injury report and questionable to play in Green Bay, signs point toward Fleming being active for the Week 13 game. But that will be decided by 3 p.m. on Sunday.
A 6-foot-2, 255-pound Notre Dame product, Fleming was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2012 draft, but he tore his ACL in rookie minicamp that May. And in July of 2013, Fleming tore the same ACL again before being waived-injured by San Francisco.