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Patriots vs. Bills Friday injury report: Rex Burkhead, Julian Edelman among New England’s questionable

The final prognosis heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff at New Era Field.

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The New England Patriots closed out the week with perfect attendance as the trip to Orchard Park draws near.

But the final injury report heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Buffalo Bills lists seven as questionable for New England.

Here’s the outlook for both of the AFC East’s unbeatens.


  • Patriots: no players listed
  • Bills: TE Tyler Kroft (ankle), LB Corey Thompson (ankle)

On a Friday in which tight end Ryan Izzo, left guard Joe Thuney and right tackle Marcus Cannon were all upgraded to full practice participation, the Patriots have no players ruled out for Sunday at New Era Field.

But Buffalo’s Kroft and Thompson will be sidelined for the meeting. Neither the tight end nor the linebacker took part in Bills practice this week due to ankle injuries. Kroft has yet to appear in a game this September, while Thompson has logged 54 percent of Buffalo’s snaps on special teams.


  • Patriots: RB Rex Burkhead (foot), WR Julian Edelman (chest), TE Matt LaCosse (ankle), OT Marshall Newhouse (illness), DE Michael Bennett (shoulder), LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), S Nate Ebner (groin)
  • Bills: RB Devin Singletary (hamstring), WR Robert Foster (groin), WR Isaiah McKenzie (ankle), G Jon Feliciano (neck), C Spencer Long (ankle), LB Maurice Alexander (knee), CB Taron Johnson (hamstring)

Burkhead and Edelman are among New England’s assortment of 50-50 players for Week 4. Burkhead first appeared on the injury report with a foot ailment Wednesday, after having eclipsed 100 yards both rushing and receiving during the Patriots’ 3-0 start. And Edelman, who was downgraded to out for the second half last Sunday versus the New York Jets, practiced in a limited capacity this week as a result of a chest injury.

Seven players on the Bills’ side have also been designated as questionable for Sunday, including Singletary, who returned to practice as a limited participant on Thursday having missed Buffalo’s last game due to a hamstring injury. The rookie tailback out of Florida Atlantic has rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries this season.