The NFL regular season will open later today, but the New England Patriots are not participating in the kickoff game after losing the Super Bowl. Instead, the team will play its first game on Sunday: the Houston Texans will visit Foxboro in a rematch of the 2016 divisional playoffs. Today, the two teams released their second injury reports leading up to the matchup. Check them out:
Did not participate
Patriots: CB Duke Dawson (hamstring)
Texans: CB Kayvon Webster (Achillles)
After being limited yesterday, Duke Dawson did not participate in today’s walkthrough session. The second-round rookie, who has been dealing with his hamstring issue since training camp, appears to be on his way to inactivity on Sunday. Considering the Patriots’ depth at the cornerback position, the team is well equipped to handle Dawson’s potential absence.
[UPDATE] After the Patriots released their injury report, Dawson has been placed on injured reserve.
Patriots: TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring), RB Sony Michel (knee)
Texans: WR Keke Coutee (hamstring), OLB Duke Ejiofor (hamstring), WR Will Fuller (hamstring), OLB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring), WR Sammie Coates (hamstring)
While Dawson was downgraded today, both Jacob Hollister and Sony Michel remained limited in their participation. Houston, meanwhile, added Sammie Coates to its injury report as one of five Texans dealing with a hamstring issue.
Patriots: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (illness), OT Marcus Cannon (calf), SS Nate Ebner (knee)
Texans: K Ka’imi Fairbairn (right thigh), CB Kevin Johnson (concussion)
After being limited yesterday, Ja’Whaun Bentley was a full participant today. Consequently he should be expected to be active on Sunday – the same goes for starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and special teams Nate Ebner.