Today, the New England Patriots held their final practice session of the week on the very field where they will play the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Heading into the AFC Championship Game, the team is relatively healthy, as only one player – center Bryan Stork – has been declared "out" prior to the game.
Per the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels, here is this week's final injury report:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="de"><p>In case you don't believe me, here's the injury report <a href="http://t.co/Jv6dkPHLXP">pic.twitter.com/Jv6dkPHLXP</a></p>— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkDanielsPJ/status/556199365883482112">January 16, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Stork, who injured his knee last Saturday against the Ravens, missed all three practices this week; therefore, his deactivation comes as no surprise. Starting right guard Ryan Wendell will most likely take the rookie's place in the middle of the offensive line, while Josh Kline will fill the void created by Wendell switching positions.
While Stork definitely won't suit up on Sunday, five other players are listed as probable (near locks to play). Cornerback Brandon Browner (knee), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive tackle Chris Jones (elbow) and wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder/toe) have all been limited in practice this week. The fifth player listed as "probable" – for the twelfth week in a row – is quarterback Tom Brady (ankle).