As the New England Patriots arrived for Wednesday’s practice, so did pair of offensive linemen who departed with ankle injuries last weekend.
Reigning All-Pro guard Joe Thuney and rookie tackle Justin Herron both were spotted for New England. And the same would be the case for backup center James Ferentz and core safety Cody Davis, who have resided on Covid-19 reserve and injured reserve, respectively.
But two members of the current active roster would be sidelined as preparations for the Buffalo Bills got underway.
Here’s the first injury report ahead of Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET AFC East matchup in Orchard Park.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- Patriots: WR N’Keal Harry (concussion), DT Carl Davis (concussion)
- Bills: G Cody Ford (knee), DE Jerry Hughes (foot), CB Josh Norman (hamstring), S Micah Hyde (concussion)
Harry exited New England’s 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers with a head injury and was later downgraded from questionable. The wide receiver is now in concussion protocol alongside Carl Davis, who awaits his Patriots debut after being ruled out on the final injury report of Week 7. Elsewhere on defense, linebacker Brandon Copeland reportedly suffered a torn pectoral against San Francisco and is set to undergo season-ending surgery. The free-agent addition started four games this fall, registering a dozen tackles as well as 80 percent of the work on special teams.
Buffalo went without four starters on Wednesday, including veterans at cornerback and safety in Norman and Hyde. Norman injured his hamstring during Bills practice last week.
- Patriots: RB Damien Harris (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (knee), OT Justin Herron (ankle), G Joe Thuney (ankle), G Shaq Mason (calf), DT Lawrence Guy (ankle), LB John Simon (shoulder), S Kyle Dugger (ankle)
- Bills: QB Jake Fromm (not injury related), WR Isaiah McKenzie (ankle), G Brian Winters (knee), DT Vernon Butler (groin), DT Quinton Jefferson (knee), LB Matt Milano (pectoral), CB Cam Lewis (wrist)
Several new names surfaced on New England’s side of the limited. Thuney hadn’t missed an offensive snap on the season until the San Francisco meeting. He saw 25 while Herron, a sixth-round pick from Wake Forest, saw 12. Their ankle injuries transpired in the days after the Patriots placed starting right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor on IR and activated captain David Andrews from IR.
A total of seven Bills practiced in a partial capacity. Milano, who notched a half-sack versus the New York Jets, would be among them while working back from a pectoral issue.
- Patriots: no players listed
- Bills: QB Josh Allen (left shoulder), WR John Brown (knee)
No Patriots were listed as full participants on Wednesday.
But Brown graduated for Buffalo after missing two of the past three games due to a knee injury. The wideout has caught two touchdown passes from Allen, who was also a full-go for the Bills, on the campaign.