Darius Fleming could be set to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
The Patriots signed Fleming off the practice squad to fill their 53-man roster. The linebacker was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but knee injuries kept him out for two seasons.
The Patriots originally signed Fleming on May 16. He made it through initial roster cuts, but he was waived on Sept. 13 and re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 16.
Reserve linebacker/special-teamer Chris White suffered an ankle injury on Thursday. Fleming could take White’s place on special teams if the veteran can’t play.
Fleming played well during the preseason as an outside linebacker/edge rusher. He recorded 13 tackles in four games.
The Patriots now have three open spots on their practice squad.
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