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Week 8 Patriots vs Bills Saturday injury report: Sony Michel returns to practice

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Take a look at the Patriots’ final practice report of the week.

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On Monday, the New England Patriots will their eighth game of the season – and the second one against a divisional foe: the team will play the Buffalo Bills in prime time and on the road. The Patriots already announced, however, that they will enter their second straight road contest without three players.

Out

Patriots: TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring), CB Eric Rowe (groin), OL Brian Schwenke (foot)

Bills: QB Josh Allen (right elbow), RB Taiwan Jones (neck), DE Trent Murphy (knee)

The Patriots will again be without depth tight end Jacob Hollister and former number two cornerback Eric Rowe. The latter in particular is an interesting case, as Rowe’s season could come to an end later down the line: with Duke Dawson designated as one of the two players to return off injured reserve, Rowe might get placed on the list.

Doubtful

Patriots: RB Sony Michel (knee)

The first-round rookie, who injured his knee last Sunday against the Chicago Bears, was back on the practice fields today in limited fashion. He still is listed as doubtful for Monday and will likely be declared out but this is a positive sign when it comes to his recovery.

Questionable

Patriots: OT Trent Brown (ankle), OT Marcus Cannon (concussion), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), DE Geneo Grissom (ankle), TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), DE John Simon (shoulder), DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (ankle/knee)

Bills: RB LeSean McCoy (concussion)

The Patriots have plenty of big names on their list of questionable players, with both starting tackles no safe bets to play on Sunday. Brown in particular would be a big loss that would move an inexperienced players like Cole Croston into the starting lineup.