The New England Patriots had a full 53 on the practice fields shadowing Gillette Stadium again Thursday.
There were no modifications on the second injury report of the 2019 regular season for New England, after a trio of players were designated as limited on the first.
Here’s the rundown heading into Sunday’s opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- Patriots: no players listed
- Steelers: LB Mark Barron (coach’s decision), S Sean Davis (ankle)
Barron sat out Thursday’s Steelers practice via coaching decision, while Davis remains the only other non-participant between both active rosters heading into the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff in Foxborough. The Maryland product played 93 percent of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps in 2018, 96 percent in 2017 and 70 percent as a rookie second-round draft choice in 2016.
Davis had crossed paths with retired tight end Rob Gronkowski in previous Patriots encounters. The free safety continues to tend to an ankle injury that transpired in the Steelers’ dress rehearsal.
- Patriots: WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring), TE Matt LaCosse (ankle), S Obi Melifonwu (ankle)
- Steelers: no players listed
Thomas, LaCosse and Melifonwu also practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday. And LaCosse, who started a career-high five games while collecting 24 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown last season with the Denver Broncos, had missed New England’s final three preseason games due to an ankle sprain.
As for Thomas, the 31-year-old wideout was activated from physically unable to perform halfway through August after suffering a torn Achilles with the Houston Texans in December. His hamstring ailment, along with Melifonwu’s ankle ailment, were notable listings to begin the week. They’ll stay listed for now.