Time flies. The final season of the NFL’s 2018 regular season is upon us and it will see the New England Patriots host the New York Jets with a lot on the line: while the Patriots can earn a first-round playoff bye, the Jets are in position for a top-three draft pick. Naturally, New England is favored to win, and today’s first injury report of the week only adds to this belief.
Did not participate
Jets: CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder/ankle), WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle), CB Trumaine Johnson (not injury related), WR Jermaine Kearse (Achilles), K Jason Myers (left hip), DT Mike Pennel (tooth), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder)
The Jets saw some of their core players miss today’s practice: both starting cornerbacks (Morris Claiborne, Trumaine Johnson) were out as were two members of the team’s primary wide receiver trio (Quincy Enunwa, Jermaine Kearse). Furthermore, two core special teamers (Jason Myers, Kevin Pierre-Louis) were also absent. Safe to say that New York is not in as good an overall physical shape at the moment as the Patriots are.
Patriots: TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring), LB Brandon King (knee), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee)
Jets: LB Jordan Jenkins (ankle)
New England had perfect practice participation today but three players were limited. Among the group is Cordarrelle Patterson, who left Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills in the second half with a knee injury and did not return. The first-year Patriot offers valuable depth at the wide receiver position so his availability — especially with the playoffs on the horizon — will be important moving forward.
Meanwhile, special teams ace Brandon King was again limited by a knee injury that cost him Sunday’s game. Tight end Jacob Hollister, on the other hand, is again dealing with a hamstring issue. The second-year man already missed three games earlier this season because of an injured hamstring.
Jets: WR Robby Anderson (ankle), OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), QB Sam Darnold (foot), OC Jonotthan Harrison (wrist), TE Jordan Leggett (knee), OC Spencer Long (back/finger), CB Buster Skrine (shoulder)
All seven Jets listed as full participants — including starting quarterback Sam Darnold — will play on Sunday.