The (7-2) New England Patriots released their final injury report ahead of Sunday’s game with the (4-4) Tennessee Titans. The Patriots are healthier and I would expect the majority of the team to be removed from the injury report following the bye week.
Here’s the final injury report of the week and my projections for the Patriots questionable players.
Titans: OT Jack Conklin (concussion)
The Titans starting right tackle was not cleared from concussion protocol and will not play.
Patriots: TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring), OG Shaq Mason (calf), RB Sony Michel (knee), OT Trent Brown (illness)
Titans: LB Derrick Morgan (shoulder), DT Bennie Logan (knee), S Dane Cruikshank (knee), WR Taywan Taylor (foot), WR Tajae Sharpe (ankle)
LS Joe Cardona (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (neck), and DE John Simon (shoulder) were removed from the injury report and should hopefully be fully healthy after the bye week.
Gronkowski is considered week-to-week and I wouldn’t be surprised if he were held out one more game so he can fully engage down the final stretch. He will be a game-time decision- and even if he plays, I wouldn’t expect a- huge receiving role. Hollister hasn’t been active since week 6 and I expect him to be out one more game.
I would categorize Mason in this same category and expect Ted Karras to play, although Mason could very well be cleared in pre-game. This isn’t a great projection, but I would err on the side of “rest.”
Hightower was active last week and I expect him to be active again, along with Brown. Michel should be active, too, providing the Patriots with some much-needed depth at running back.
Sharpe is expected to play and I would expect Logan to be available in the rotation. Cruikshank, Taylor, and Morgan did not practice on Friday and I wouldn’t expect them to suit up on Sunday.