The New England Patriots returned from the abbreviated bye week for weight-room work at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.
And in shifts by position group.
But as the Denver Broncos near, so does Drew Lock, who was upgraded to full participation at practice. Denver’s starting quarterback has not played since Sept. 20 due to an injury to his throwing shoulder that left him limited and questionable for the previously scheduled meeting with New England.
Here’s the first injury report heading into Sunday’s rescheduled 1 p.m. ET kickoff in Foxborough.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- Patriots: OT Jermaine Eluemunor (not injury related), C James Ferentz (not injury related), DE Deatrich Wise (not injury related)
- Broncos: RB Melvin Gordon (not injury related), WR K.J. Hamler (hamstring), LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quad)
The Patriots projected Eluemunor, Ferentz and Wise as non-participants for non-injury reasons on Wednesday. Each had gone unlisted throughout last week’s practice estimations, while the team conducted virtual meetings with four players on the Covid-19 reserve list.
As for the Broncos, Gordon remained away from the facility after being charged with driving under the influence Tuesday night. “I didn’t want him to practice today until we get to the bottom of everything,” Denver head coach Vic Fangio told reporters of the two-time Pro Bowl running back following practice. Gordon has totaled 326 yards and four touchdowns from scrimmage thus far into his Broncos tenure.
- Patriots: WR Julian Edelman (knee), OT Isaiah Wynn (calf), G Shaq Mason (calf), DT Adam Butler (shoulder)
- Broncos: TE Noah Fant (ankle), DT Mike Purcell (knee)
New England’s limited remain unchanged. All four were listed as questionable on Saturday prior to the game’s postponement.
But the postponement benefited Denver’s limited. Fant had been ruled out with an ankle issue while Purcell had been called 50-50 with a knee issue. The top tight end and top defensive tackle on the Broncos’ depth chart appear on track.
- Patriots: no players listed
- Broncos: QB Drew Lock (right shoulder), RB Phillip Lindsay (foot), LB Joseph Jones (knee), CB Bryce Callahan (wrist), CB Davontae Harris (hamstring), S Trey Marshall (wrist)
More will be gleaned regarding New England’s full participants come Thursday’s practice.
But five Broncos aside from Lock continued in that capacity to begin the week, including Lindsay, who has been sidelined since suffering a toe injury in the season opener. The running back eclipsed 1,000 yards on the ground in each of his first two NFL campaigns.