The New England Patriots are inching their way back towards full strength as a slate of players have been dropped from the injury report. The Minnesota Vikings are coming to town and the Patriots will need everyone available for such a tough match-up.
Compared to last week, the Patriots removed TE Rob Gronkowski, OG Shaq Mason, and RB Sony Michel, which represents three great signs- although it was evident the trio was feeling pretty strong last week, with tremendous performances against the New York Jets.
Here’s the injury report:
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Patriots: TE Dwayne Allen (knee)
Vikings: WR Chad Beebe (hamstring), WR Stefon Diggs (knee), TE David Morgan (knee), CB Xavier Rhodes (hamstring)
Allen is likely to remain sidelined for another week, with the team hoping for him to return in the next week or two.
Diggs is a new addition to the injury report and his availability is important for the Vikings as their #2 receiver. Rhodes’ injury is “very mild” according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, but any limitation for the reigning First Team All Pro cornerback would be a distinct advantage for the Patriots.
Beebe and Morgan haven’t been playing because of their injuries.
Patriots: QB Tom Brady (knee), DB Nate Ebner (knee)
Vikings: LB Ben Gedeon (concussion), WR Adam Thielen (calf)
Brady and Ebner remain on the injury report and Brady should play on Sunday. No surprise.
Thielen is the Vikings’ #1 receiver- making the injury to Diggs even more important to follow- and he’s been battling a calf injury over the past few weeks. He’s likely to play and is coming off an 8-catch, 125-yard, 1-touchdown performance. He’s fine and the likely match-up for Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Patriots: WR Julian Edelman (foot)
Vikings: OG Tom Compton (knee), LB Eric Kendricks (chest), OG Mike Remmers (low back)
These players should all be available on Sunday.