The New England Patriots officially designated rookie CB Duke Dawson 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 would revert back to injured reserve.
The Patriots placed Dawson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury coming out of the preseason.
Dawson, 22, was selected with the No. 56 overall pick in the second round after the Patriots traded up with the Buccaneers. He agreed to a four-year, $4,704,282 contract with the Patriots that includes a $1,501,296 signing bonus.
During his four-year college career at Florida, Dawson recorded 81 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, six interceptions, three defensive touchdowns, 17 pass defenses and two forced fumbles.