Tomorrow, the 2015 New England Patriots will enter the postseason. The team, which has earned a first-round bye as the AFC's number two seed, has held two walkthroughs and four practice sessions to prepare for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. While the team did not practice today, it still released an injury report - its final one leading up to the game.
Let's take a look at it (via patriots.com):
OG Tre' Jackson (Knee): OUT
WR Danny Amendola (Knee): QUESTIONABLE
TE Scott Chandler (Knee): QUESTIONABLE
CB Justin Coleman (Concussion): QUESTIONABLE
SS Nate Ebner (Hand): QUESTIONABLE
WR Julian Edelman (Foot): QUESTIONABLE
LB Jonathan Freeny (Hand/Not Injury Related): QUESTIONABLE
TE Rob Gronkowski (Knee/Back): QUESTIONABLE
LB Dont'a Hightower (Knee): QUESTIONABLE
DE Chandler Jones (Abdomen/Toe): QUESTIONABLE
DE Rob Ninkovich (Shin): QUESTIONABLE
OT Sebastian Vollmer (Ankle): QUESTIONABLE
OT LaAdrian Waddle (Shoulder): QUESTIONABLE
QB Tom Brady (Ankle): PROBABLE
OG Josh Kline (Shoulder): PROBABLE
WR Brandon LaFell (Foot): PROBABLE
FS Devin McCourty (Ankle): PROBABLE
As expected, rookie guard Tre' Jackson will miss today's game with a knee injury. This means that fellow rookie Shaq Mason will likely start at one of the two guard spots (unless the team decides to move Bryan Stork to guard and start David Andrews at center), with Josh Kline holding down the other.
The Patriots' top three receiving options - wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, as well as tight end Rob Gronkowski - are all listed as questionable but are expected to play tomorrow. However, given their respective injuries, the question is how effective they will be against a very good Chiefs defense. The same also goes for defensive starters Dont'a Hightower, Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
With Jackson already ruled out, New England has to declare six more men inactive by 90 minutes before tomorrow's game.
Via kcchiefs.com, here is Kansas City's final report of the week:
OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Concussion): OUT
OL Mitch Morse (Concussion): OUT
LB Tamba Hali (Knee/Thumb): QUESTIONABLE
LB Justin Houston (Knee/Thumb): QUESTIONABLE
WR Jeremy Maclin (Ankle): QUESTIONABLE
RB Spencer Ware (Ankle): QUESTIONABLE
WR Albert Wilson (Hamstring): QUESTIONABLE
OL Jeff Allen (Thumb): PROBABLE
OL Zach Fulton (Ankle): PROBABLE
TE Travis Kelce (Groin): PROBABLE
LB Josh Mauga (Ankle): PROBABLE
OL Jah Reid (Knee): PROBABLE
Star wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is listed as questionable but, given that he suffered a high ankle sprain last week, projects to not be 100% healthy. It remains to be seen whether or not the Chiefs ultimately declare him active tomorrow.