The New England Patriots returned to the practice fields today to hold a walkthrough session leading up to their highly anticipated prime time matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. And while attendance was again good, it was – as opposed to yesterday – not perfect as a look at the latest injury report shows:
Did not participate
Patriots: WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
Chiefs: S Eric Berry (heel), LB Justin Houston (hamstring), LB Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle), S Eric Murray (ankle)
After being limited during yesterday’s session and being spotted in the locker room walking with a limp, wideout Chris Hogan was held out of today’s practice. The veteran, who has had an up-and-down season so far but was projected to benefit from Julian Edelman’s return to the lineup, is one of New England’s top options at the position and a trusted weapon for quarterback Tom Brady.
Four of the Chiefs’ top defenders remain out, meanwhile, which further hurts their chances of actually playing on Sunday. With the Patriots offense finding its groove recently, this could be a devastating situation for a defense that has not always been up to the challenge through its first five games.
Patriots: DT Malcom Brown (knee), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), DL Geneo Grissom (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle), RB Sony Michel (knee), CB Eric Rowe (groin), DT Danny Shelton (elbow), DE John Simon (shoulder)
Chiefs: WR De’Anthony Thomas (lower leg)
With the exception of Chris Hogan being downgraded, the list of limited participants remained the same as yesterday for New England. On a list of notable names, one stands out: Sony Michel, who dealt with a knee injury all summer long, remains limited. With the Patriots’ running back group not being as deep as it ideally would be, Michel’s injury situation is one worth keeping a close eye on from the team’s perspective.
Chiefs wideout De’Anthony Thomas, meanwhile, is a new addition to the list. Thomas is a depth player on offense but an important piece of Kansas City’s special teams units.
Chiefs: RB Spencer Ware (not injury related), WR Chris Conley (toe), LB Dee Ford (groin/hand), WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring)
Spencer Ware was back on the practice field for the Chiefs today and just like his teammates listed as full participants will be good to go on Sunday.