A groin injury has cut the season short for New England Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe. According to Field Yates of ESPN, the fourth-year pro has been put by the defending AFC champs on the injured reserve.

In other words, Rowe is likely done for the rest of the regular season. A player placed on the IR won’t be eligible to see action for eight weeks.

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And since Rowe has been designated to the IR, there will be an extra spot left on the Pats’ 53-man roster, though, that void is expected to be covered by Duke Dawson, who’s available to come off the IR next week.

The assignment of Eric Rowe to the IR can be considered a blow to his stock value in next year’s free agency. Rowe, who signed a four-year deal worth $4.87 million with the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2015, is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 NFL season. He was traded by the Eagles to New England in 2016 in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round selection.

Rowe has struggled to stay on the field in his pro career because of health issues. After playing 16 games in his rookie year, he has not played in more than nine games in each of the succeeding three seasons.