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Week 16 Patriots vs Jets: Thursday injury report; LB Dont’a Hightower misses practice

New England released its second injury report of the week - and added a defensive captain.

Christmas is only three days away but before that, the New England Patriots will play their next game: on Christmas eve, the team will host the New York Jets. The Patriots will try to stay ahead in the race for the number one seed in the AFC — and a look at the latest injury report shows that they are relatively healthy while doing so:

WR Danny Amendola (Ankle): Did not participate

LB Dont’a Hightower (Knee): Did not participate

TE Martellus Bennett (Ankle/Shoulder): Limited participation

QB Tom Brady (Thigh): Limited participation

SS Jordan Richards (Knee): Limited participation

WR Matthew Slater (Foot): Limited participation

As has been the case yesterday, New England’s practice report is short but does include some big names. The biggest — Tom Brady — was once again limited due to a thigh issue; his status did not change. The same is true for the rest of the list as well with one notable exception: Pro Bowl linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

After being limited yesterday, the defensive team captain was held out of today’s session. However, according to Jeff Howe, Hightower simply needed rest today and should be good to go on Saturday unless the team opts to give him additional rest.

The Patriots’ injury list is already fairly short and their upcoming opponent’s is getting shorter — i.e. healthier — as well. Let’s take a look at the Jets’ Thursday practice report:

RB Matt Forte (Knee/Shoulder): Did not participate

LB Lorenzo Mauldin (Ankle): Did not participate

DT Steve McLendon (Hamstring): Did not participate

WR Brandon Marshall (Shoulder/Back): Limited participation

RB Khiery Robinson (Leg): Limited participation

DT Muhammad Wilkerson (Ankle): Limited participation

TE Brandon Bostick (Ankle): Full participation

CB Nick Marshall (Illness): Full participation

TE Brent Qvale (Hamstring): Full participation

CB Buster Skrine (Concussion): Full participation

DT Leonard Williams (Chest): Full participation

QB Bryce Petty (Chest): Full participation

Compared to yesterday, New York upgraded five players: cornerbacks Nick Marshall and Buster Skrine, tight ends Brandon Bostick and Brent Qvale as well as defensive lineman Leonard Williams. On the other side of the spectrum, Matt Forte, Lorenzo Mauldin and Steve McLendon all missed their second straight day of practice.