The New England Patriots officially designated LB Shea McClellin as one of their two players to return from injured reserve on Wednesday.
This officially opens a three-week window of time for the Patriots to add him to their active roster or he’ll spend the duration of the 2017 season on injured reserve.
McClellin was placed on injured reserve coming out of the preseason, but it reports from this past week mentioned that he could return to the team at some point in the near future.
McClellin, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Bears back in 2012. Chicago declined his fifth-year option, which allowed him to test the open market and he eventually signed a three-year, $8.95 million contract with $3.5 million guaranteed with the Patriots last year.
McClellin stands to make base salaries of $1.9 million and $2.15 million over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2016, McClellin appeared in 14 games and recorded 41 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.