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Patriots Issue Injury Report; Mayo, Ridley OUT, Browner Limited

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The Patriots announce their injury report for their short week of preparation against the Jets.

Tom Szczerbowski

The Patriots have released their injury report for Week 7, even though they didn't meet for practice. Rules state teams have to release three injury reports, so this is a hypothetical "if we did practice" report.

OUT: LB Jerod Mayo and RB Stevan Ridley. Both suffered brutal knee injuries against the Bills and it's looking like neither will return this season. Expect corresponding roster moves in the next day or so.

Did Not Participate: OL Dan Connolly (concussion), OL Bryan Stork (concussion), OL Cameron Fleming (finger), S Nate Ebner (finger). The Patriots will be short on the offensive line as it's unlikely either of the concussed players will suit up for the game, while Fleming and Ebner have been held out for multiple weeks with their finger injuries.

Limited:

QB Tom Brady (ankle) - Apparently a serious injury on Friday where he was tangled up in the legs of a lineman. Not a good look, but doesn't seem to affect him too greatly.

CB Brandon Browner (ankle) - At least they think Browner is closer to a return. However, he receives $150,000 roster bonus for every game he's active and, while the Patriots aren't pinching pennies at the expense of winning, it's likely they'll hold him out until he's ready to be on the field.

LB Jamie Collins (thigh) - He'll play.

DL Dominique Easley (knee/shoulder) - Easley was out last week and looks to be close to a return. Don't expect the Patriots to rush him back, though, as he'll benefit from the long week after the Jets game.

LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) - A game time decision, the Patriots will need him to be healthy for Thursday. They actually need him.

DE Chandler Jones (shoulder) - He looked good against the Bills. He'll play.

S Devin McCourty (ribs) - He'll continue to be limited until he's 100% healthy, but he was excellent against the Bills and will play.

ST Matthew Slater (shoulder) - Slater will likely suit up, but it's unclear how effective he'll be.

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In other moves, the Patriots have release offensive tackle Chris Martin from the practice squad in favor of interior offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann. Hauptmann spent the earlier part of the season on the Patriots practice squad.