The New England Patriots released their first injury report of week 3 as they prepare to face the Detroit Lions. There aren’t too many surprises, but a new addition could explain why the team decided to add cornerback Cyrus Jones into the mix.
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Patriots: S Patrick Chung (concussion), DE Trey Flowers (concussion)
Lions: OL Andrew Donnal (knee), CB Darius Slay (concussion)
Chung and Flowers are two of the most important Patriots defenders, while Slay is arguably the best defender for the Lions. Concussions are difficult and there’s a very real chance that all three players will miss Sunday’s game.
Look for Duron Harmon and Deatrich Wise to increase their roles if Chung and Flowers are unable to play.
Patriots: OT Marcus Cannon (calf), CB Keion Crossen (hamstring), S Nate Ebner (hip), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), CB Eric Rowe (groin)
Lions: CB Jamal Agnew (shoulder), DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), OG T.J. Lang (back)
There’s a lot to unpack here. Cannon didn’t travel with the team last week, so his health should be monitored. The addition of Eric Rowe to the injury report, along with the continued injury to Crossen, supports the team’s decision to sign Cyrus Jones as another player that can help out in practice, at the very least.
Gordon was limited in his very first practice with the team, but don’t read too far into this. Think of it like how the Patriots treat all players coming to training camp with a previous injury- they’re going to make sure they’re 100% ready to contribute before throwing them into the fire.
Patriots: RB Sony Michel (knee), DE Deatrich Wise (finger)
Michel is coming back from his preseason knee injury and made his debut last week. He should be available next week, with the team offering a vote of confidence by releasing Kenjon Barner.
Wise injured his finger late in the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but should be available to play- even if his finger’s in a splint.