The New England Patriots need a quick turnaround following their 33-30 loss against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. After all, the team’s next game is already on the horizon as the Patriots will face another NFC South team in just two days: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Today, New England held its first practice preparing for the game.
The injury report subsequently released looks as follows:
Did not participate
CB Eric Rowe (groin), OT Nate Solder (non-injury related)
Rowe remains sidelined with his groin injury and it’s unlikely that he will be available to play the Buccaneers on Thursday. Look for Jonathan Jones to have a bigger role, and that might actually be in the best interest of the game plan. Maybe Stephon Gilmore will cover Mike Evans, Malcolm Butler will cover Adam Humphries, and Jones will cover speedster DeSean Jackson.
Solder actually did miss practice, but it was not related to an injury.
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), S Brandon King (hamstring), LB Elandon Roberts (ankle), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
Roberts returned to practice in a limited capacity and is the only change on the report.
Some reporters believed LT Nate Solder might have been absent from practice, but he was apparently present.
Did not participate: LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring), LB Lavonte David (ankle), S Keith Tandy (hip)
Limited: S T.J. Ward (hip)
Alexander and David are the Buccaneers’ two best linebackers and they are not projected to play on Thursday. Ward returned to practice, but it is unknown if he will be ready to play on Thursday.