Tomorrow, the wait is finally over: the New England Patriots will host the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2017 NFL season opener. Today, the team published its final injury report leading up to the contest and it looks exactly like the one released yesterday.
Let's take a look at it:
DT Vincent Valentine (DNP/knee)
Valentine has missed all three of the Patriots' practices this week. It is therefore a bit of a surprise to see the second-year man be declared “doubtful” and not straight-up "out" for tomorrow's game. Still, it is highly likely that Valentine will be one of the inactives tomorrow. His likely loss only marginally hurts the Patriots, though. After all, led by Alan Branch and Malcom Brown, the team has a formidable defensive tackle depth chart outside of him.
DT Adam Butler (LP/knee)
SS Nate Ebner (LP/shoulder)
OT Cameron Fleming (LP/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (LP/concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (LP/knee)
WR Matthew Slater (LP/hamstring)
As has been the case yesterday, six players were limited during today's practice. All six have therefore been declared as "questionable" to play in tomorrow's game, with Slater and Ebner the most plausible players to suit up. But even if they were declared active, it appears limely that the team monitors snap counts to help them fight their way back from injury.
As opposed to the Patriots' injury report, the Chiefs' did change since yesterday as four of seven players – including star tight end Travis Kelce – were removed from the list altogether. The rest is listed as follows:
OG Parker Ehinger (FP/knee)
LB Reggie Ragland (FP/knee)
FS Ron Parker (FP/ankle)