The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons released their final injury report of week 7 and it looks like the Patriots defense will be greatly shorthanded against the potentially potent Falcons offense.
Patriots: CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle), LB Harvey Langi (back), CB Eric Rowe (groin)
Falcons: LB Jordan Tripp (concussion)
The Patriots will be without two of their top three cornerbacks, forcing Johnson Bademosi, Malcolm Butler, and Jonathan Jones to shoulder the load. If they pull this off, then the Patriots defense will have seriously risen to the occasion and showed their heart.
With Langi unlikely to play in 2017, it’s possible the Patriots will place him on the injured reserve and promote CB Ryan Lewis from the practice squad.
Patriots: LB Elandon Roberts (ankle), CB Johnson Bademosi (abdomen), TE Jacob Hollister (chest)
Roberts returned to practice in a limited capacity and is questionable to play. Bademosi and Hollister were new additions on Friday, although Bademosi was listed as a full participant and should be expected to play. Hollister was limited.
The trio of RB Rex Burkhead (ribs), WR Chris Hogan (ribs), OL Shaq Mason (shoulder) were all full participants and removed from the injury report. Hogan told the locker room that he planned on suiting up on Sunday, while Mason didn’t miss any time against the Jets despite hurting his shoulder. There’s a chance Burkhead will make his return after missing the past four weeks with his injury.
Tripp was the only player with a declared status on the Falcons injury report. LB Vic Beasley (hamstring), K Matt Bryant (back), LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring), and LB Duke Riley (knee) were full participants on Friday.
LB Deion Jones (quadricep), DE Takk McKinley (shoulder), WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring), and DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee) were all limited at practice, but they were not listed as doubtful or questionable on the injury report and should be expected to be available to play.