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Patriots vs. Redskins Friday injury report: Five questionable for New England, including Dont’a Hightower

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower stood among New England’s inactives in Week 4.

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The New England Patriots’ final practice of the week included a full active roster.

An active roster that also has reinstated tight end Ben Watson in waiting to have his exemption lifted.

But on Friday afternoon, five were limited participants for New England. All five have officially been ruled questionable for the trip to FedEx Field. And here’s both sides of the injury report as Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET matchup with the Washington Redskins closes in.


  • Patriots: no players listed
  • Redskins: TE Vernon Davis (concussion), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring)

Washington will be without both veteran tight ends in Davis and Reed due to concussions. Scherff, who has started each of the 57 games he’s been active for the Redskins’ offensive line, sat out this week’s practices in addition to last Sunday.

But the list of Redskins ruled out does not include starting cornerback Josh Norman. Norman hadn’t practiced until Friday, and was back to do so fully.


  • Patriots: RB Rex Burkhead (foot), WR Julian Edelman (chest), LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), S Patrick Chung (heel), S Nate Ebner (groin)
  • Redskins: QB Case Keenum (foot), WR Terry McLaurin (hamstring), C Chase Roullier (knee), CB Josh Norman (knee)

The Patriots removed wide receiver Josh Gordon and defensive end Michael Bennett from the injury report heading into the weekend. New England’s remaining handful of questionables continued to practice in a limited capacity. Hightower is one of them after a shoulder injury sent the 29-year-old linebacker to the inactives versus the Buffalo Bills.

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins stepped in for the injured Keenum during the Week 4 loss to the New York Giants. And while Keenum returned to practice as a limited participant on Thursday, head coach Jay Gruden has since announced that it’ll be Colt McCoy under center against New England. McCoy has appeared in 11 games since joining Washington in 2014, starting six, and underwent three procedures after suffering a broken fibula last December.