Dominique Easley’s rookie season with the New England Patriots has come to a close.
The first-round defensive tackle, who worked his way back from two separate ACL injuries suffered during his career at the University of Florida, is headed to New England’s injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media first reported.
The Patriots made the move official Wednesday afternoon.
Lingering knee issues, as well as a shoulder injury, had kept the 6-foot-2, 290-pound pass-rusher on the team’s injury report since Oct. 3.
Easley worked through the ailments, playing 250 defensive snaps through Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts, per Pro Football Focus. Yet he was inactive for Week 12, and returned to play just 20 combined snaps between Week 13 and Week 14.
After being held out of the team’s three practices last week, Easley was ruled out for Week 15 against the Miami Dolphins.
Easley’s first year in Foxborough ends with 10 tackles, one sack, one pass breakup and one interception over the course of two starts and 11 games. Missing the rest of 2014 will give him an opportunity to get fully healthy for 2015.