The last time the New England Patriots took a practice field – back in Foxboro, Massachusetts on Sunday – the team had perfect attendance even though some players were still dealing with injuries. Among them was rookie defensive edge Deatrich Wise Jr., who missed the first three sessions of the week because of a concussion.
Deatrich Wise (concussion) has progressed nicely over the course of the week, and the Patriots believe he’ll be cleared to play in the Super Bowl, per source.
Wise Jr. has been a valuable member of the Patriots' rotation on the defensive edge, so having him available against the Philadelphia Eagles certainly is good news for New England. The same also has to be said about another member of the defense, one that is even more important: cornerback Malcolm Butler.
Yesterday, the team announced that the starting cornerback was dealing with an illness. As a result, Butler was a non-participant during media day. However, also according to Howe, his absence is not expected to be a long one:
Malcolm Butler is expected to be fine for the Super Bowl, per sources. He was treated last night at the hospital for flu-like symptoms.
Going against a highly talented Eagles team on Sunday, the Patriots need all hands on deck. They appear to be on their way to it, if Howe's reports are to be believed.