In only three day, the New England Patriots will enter the 2017 NFL playoffs, when the team hosts the Tennessee Titans in the two games' divisional playoff meeting. While the Patriots are at the healthiest they have been in weeks, the Titans are dealing with some injuries as a look at Wednesday's injury report shows.
Did not participate
Patriots: RB Mike Gillislee (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (illness)
Titans: RB DeMarco Murray (knee), LG Quinton Spain (back), LB Brian Orakpo (not injury related)
Both New England and Tennessee had to add players to its lists of absentees today: While Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo was out due to non-injury reasons, the Patriots' Marquis Flowers missed today's session because of an illness.
The 25-year old registered 3.5 sacks in the final two regular games and became a productive player on New England's defense recently. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reported that Flowers was in the Patriots' locker room during today's media-access, so his absence might be a precaution more than anything else.
As has been reported earlier today, the Titans already declared running back DeMarco Murray out for Saturday's game.
Patriots: DT Alan Branch (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), WR Chris Hogan (shoulder), DE Eric Lee (ankle/finger), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf), RB James White (ankle)
Titans: CB Logan Ryan (ankle)
The Patriots' list of limited practice participants looks just like yesterday, which means that some of the team's core players are still not able to practice fully. Their statuses remain up in the air but the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported earlier today that running back Rex Burkhead was visibly limited during early portions of practice.
Tennessee, meanwhile, saw the return of cornerback Logan Ryan to practice. The ex-Patriot is a starter on the team's defense.