The New England Patriots began preparations for the Cleveland Browns without five members of the active roster, including Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.
Both running backs reside in the NFL’s concussion protocol after exiting four minutes apart in the fourth quarter last weekend against the Carolina Panthers. Prior to then, they had combined for 139 scrimmage yards and one touchdown through 28 touches at Bank of America Stadium.
Returner Gunner Olszewski and linebacker Jamie Collins also did not practice on Wednesday due to a concussion and an ankle ailment, respectively, while New England sack leader Matt Judon was absent following the birth of his third child.
Here’s the initial injury report heading into Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- RB Damien Harris (concussion)
- RB Rhamondre Stevenson (concussion)
- WR Gunner Olszewski (concussion)
- LB Jamie Collins (ankle)
- LB Matt Judon (not injury related)
- WR Jarvis Landry (knee)
- DT Malik Jackson (ankle)
- DE Myles Garrett (foot)
- DE Takkarist McKinley (groin)
As New England went without a handful, Week 1 starting right tackle Trent Brown saw his 21-day practice window open after missing eight games due to a calf strain. Additionally, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed during his Wednesday press conference that defensive tackle Byron Cowart, who began practicing on Oct. 20, will not be activated from physically unable to perform this season. And on Cleveland’s side, running backs Nick Chubb, Demetric Felton and John Kelly remain on the Covid-19 reserve list while Kareem Hunt remains on injured reserve. None of whom count against the current 53-man roster.
- WR N’Keal Harry (knee)
- TE Jonnu Smith (shoulder)
- G Shaq Mason (abdomen)
- LB Dont’a Hightower (ankle)
- LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (ribs)
- LB Kyle Van Noy (groin)
- CB Jalen Mills (thigh)
- K Nick Folk (left knee)
- P Jake Bailey (right knee)
- QB Baker Mayfield (left shoulder/foot)
- TE Harrison Bryant (high)
- C J.C. Tretter (knee)
- DE Jadeveon Clowney (ankle/knee)
- CB Greedy Williams (shoulder)
Harry went to New England’s inactives list versus Carolina after being listed as limited and questionable on the final injury report due to a knee issue. The wide receiver continued as a limited participant on Wednesday alongside eight Patriots teammates, including specialists in Folk and Bailey, who are managing knee issues of their own. And for Cleveland, five also practiced in a partial capacity to open Week 10. Mayfield under center completed 14-of-21 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns last Sunday while working through shoulder and foot injuries.