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Injury updates from Patriots locker room: Malcolm Butler, Dont’a Hightower, Eric Rowe, David Andrews, Jimmy Garoppolo

The Patriots are hosting media members in the locker room. Here are some key notes.

The New England Patriots are hosting the media in the locker room as the team prepares for the Houston Texans on a short week. A few media members have noticed some interesting factoids about players that are walking about.

C David Andrews

Andrews was spotted limping after the game, but he appears to be okay. He’ll be squaring off against some fella named DT Vince Wilfork on Thursday night, so the Patriots need Andrews to be as healthy as possible.

CB Malcolm Butler, CB Eric Rowe

Butler had been battling an ankle issue last week, while Rowe was on crutches and didn’t even practice. Hopefully Butler will be healthier this week with WR DeAndre Hopkins on the schedule. Rowe needs to be healthy to pick up the defense.

LB Dont’a Hightower

Hightower was unavailable this past Sunday due to a knee injury, but hopefully he’ll be ready to go. LB Jonathan Freeny actually played pretty well for the most part of Sunday, but Hightower brings an entirely different element to the defense that will be needed to generate pressure on Texans QB Brock Osweiler.

WR Danny Amendola on QB Jimmy Garoppolo

While we shouldn’t expect Garoppolo to play, it would seem like the Patriots are of the opinion that Garoppolo isn’t suffering from a long term injury. The coaching staff will have to determine if Garoppolo at, what, 60% of his ability makes more sense than Jacoby Brissett at 100%, and that could be a game time decision.

WR Julian Edelman on QB Tom Brady

Is Edelman going a step too far here?