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Patriots vs. Panthers Friday injury report: J.C. Jackson returns, 13 questionable for New England

Related: Patriots vs. Panthers Thursday injury report: J.C. Jackson misses second practice due to illness

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Though we are less than 48 hours out from Sunday’s matchup between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, the status for many players are still up in the air.

New England listed a total of — players as questionable for Sunday’s game, keeping with the theme of the past few weeks. They did however see J.C. Jackson come off of the report as he was able to get over an illness that kept him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Carolina still lists starting quarterback Sam Darnold as questionable with a concussion and throwing shoulder injury. If he is unable to play on Sunday that would leave the starting job to P.J. Walker, who Bill Belichick said New England would be prepared for.

OUT

Patriots

  • No players listed

Panthers

  • No players listed

Despite seeing a few players miss days of practice, neither the Panthers or Patriots ruled anyone out for Sunday’s game.

DOUBTFUL

Patriots

  • No players listed

Panthers

  • No players listed

QUESTIONABLE

Patriots

  • TE Jonnu Smith (shoulder)
  • G Shaq Mason (abdomen)
  • DT Christian Barmore (foot)
  • DT Carl Davis (hand)
  • LB Dont’a Hightower (ankle)
  • LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (ribs)
  • LB Josh Uche (shoulder)
  • LB Kyle Van Noy (groin)
  • S Kyle Dugger (neck)
  • S Cody Davis (hand)
  • K Nick Folk (left knee)
  • P Jake Bailey (right knee)
  • WR N’Keal Harry (knee)

Panthers

  • QB Sam Darnold (concussion/right shoulder)
  • G Pat Elflein (hamstring)
  • CB Stantley Thomas-Oliver (toe)

The Patriots saw two players added to their questionable list, as punter Jake Bailey and wide receiver N’Keal Harry where each limited in Friday’s practice with knee injuries. The rest of the list carried over from Thursday, as all players listed where limited participants in practice.

The Panthers had three players listed as questionable with three different practice statuses. Guard Pat Elflein was a full participant, while quarterback Sam Darnold was limited and cornerback Stantley Thomas-Oliver was out.

Running back Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) is not listed on the injury report given that he officially remains on injured reserve for now. He returned to practice earlier this week, but has yet to be activated to the Carolina 53-man roster.