The Patriots will receive a two-game roster exemption for guard Logan Mankins, according to an NFL spokesman. That means that the team doesn't have to release a player for two games once Mankins signs his one-year tender.
However, if Mankins is active for one of the next two games, the exemption would be lifted at the time he activated. A roster move would then have to be made to create room for Mankins.
This is standard operating procedure for the NFL when it comes to late-reporting players like Mankins.
Teams can only have 53 players under contract on their active roster. With the exemption, the Patriots could have 54 for the 2-game stretch.