Seriously. Check out the difference in players listed as QUESTIONABLE this week, versus last year.
2015 Patriots Final Divisional Round Injury Report vs Kansas City Chiefs
|2015 Patriots Divisional Round Injury Report||Status|
|G 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|
The Patriots featured seventeen players on their final injury report against the Chiefs, including one player OUT, twelve players QUESTIONABLE, and four players PROBABLE. You can gauge the fan reaction in the comments of this post. The writing should have been on the wall for the Patriots postseason success because it’s difficult to succeed when your entire starting offense and defense is hurt.
2016 Patriots Final Divisional Round Injury Report vs Houston Texans
|2016 Patriots Divisional Round Injury Report||Status|
|WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)||QUESTIONABLE|
Yeah, that’s it. Just a 4th round rookie wide receiver. WR Danny Amendola is on the report as a full participant, but his game status is not in jeopardy. Only one player on the Patriots has been given an OUT or QUESTIONABLE distinction (there is no more PROBABLE label) this week.
The Patriots don’t have TE Rob Gronkowski, but it’s clear that this team is far healthier than last year’s version (knock on wood) and should have more success in the postseason.