The New England Patriots are playing against the Jets on Sunday and have a quick turnaround to face the Dolphins the following Thursday. The team is looking to get as healthy as possible with these two key divisional games, but it doesn't look great for a few starters.
The Patriots were missing starting left tackle Marcus Cannon (toe) and starting left guard Shaq Mason (knee). It's likely the Patriots will play typical right tackle Sebastian Vollmer on the left side, and place Cameron Fleming at right tackle. Mason is the team's best run blocker in space and will be missed against the Jets. He will likely be replaced by veteran Ryan Wendell, although it's possible Josh Kline will play left guard and Tre Jackson could play on the right.
New England was also missing two key edge defenders in Jabaal Sheard (ankle) and Rufus Johnson (illness). Sheard is a key member of the Patriots rotation and if he is unavailable, then it is possible that rookie Trey Flowers could make his debut. Johnson has been inactive on game day, so his availability won't change the game plan.
Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (ribs) continues to practice, as does running back Dion Lewis (abdomen) and wide receiver Matthew Slater (knee). Wide receiver Brandon LaFell (foot) practices and is eligible to return from the PUP list this week. Center Bryan Stork (neck/concussions) participated and is eligible to return in week 9.