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Injury Report: Patriots vs. Denver

Much of List Remains the Same
Bruschi Removed

Here is the injury report for New England's Sunday Night matchup with the Denver Broncos (NBC, 8:30 p.m.):

New England Patriots (2-0)
SS Atrell Hawkins, Questionable (Thigh)
WR Chad Jackson, Questionable (Hamstring)
T Nick Kaczur, Questionable (Shoulder)
QB Tom Brady, Probable (Shoulder)
WR Doug Gabriel, Probable (Hamstring)
T Matt Light, Probable (Knee)

Denver Broncos (1-1)
RB Cedric Cobbs, Out (Ankle)
DE Courtney Brown, Doubtful (Knee)
RB Mike Bell, Probable (Finger)
WR Rod Smith, Probable (Head)

The good news is that RB Corey Dillon appears no where on the report. That means the dude with the crossed arms blocking the cameras last week wasn't hiding much. Whatever happened, it shouldn't affect the Patriots rushing attack.

It's a little worrisome that Jackson remains listed as questionable with a hamstring injury that doesn't seem to want to go away. Why do hamstring injuries seem to last so long? Knee surgery recovery is quicker. Anyway, Jackson and Gabriel's listing means the passing game could still have trouble getting untracked.

Injuries at the tackle position to Light and Kaczur are also cause for concern, but not panic.

There's nothing major to report in Denver, although Rod Smith could be interesting if he takes a hard shot early in the game.

I don't know on which hand Mike Bell's figure hurts, so it's impossible to say whether it would affect his ball-carrying.