The New England Patriots returned to the practice fields with a full 53-man roster in attendance.
But linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley did not participate due to a toe issue on Wednesday, while quarterback Mac Jones did so in full as Pittsburgh Steelers prep began in Foxborough. The sophomore starter had undergone X-rays following the season opener against the Miami Dolphins due to a back issue.
Here’s the initial injury report leading up to Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Acrisure Stadium.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (toe)
- LB T.J. Watt (pectoral)
In addition to Bentley being sidelined, New England recently placed versatile running back Ty Montgomery on injured reserve. The March addition ended the preseason with a knee injury and was listed as questionable for Week 1 before handling three catches, two carries, one kickoff and a touchdown. As for Pittsburgh, the front moves forward without the 2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year because of torn pectoral muscle that won’t require surgery.
- RB Pierre Strong Jr. (shoulder)
- CB Shaun Wade (ankle)
- S Adrian Phillips (ribs)
- S Joshuah Bledsoe (groin)
- RB Najee Harris (foot)
- C Mason Cole (ankle)
- CB Levi Wallace (ankle)
Strong and Phillips marked the new arrivals among New England’s limited. The fourth-round running back from South Dakota State was inactive last Sunday and is dealing with a shoulder injury. As for the veteran safety, he exited in the first half versus Miami due to a ribs injury and was later downgraded to out after playing 27 defensive snaps. A trio of Steelers also were partial participants on Wednesday. A reigning rookie Pro Bowler would be one of them.
- QB Mac Jones (back)
- LB Rob Spillane (eye)
“I’ll be ready to practice,” Jones told reporters earlier this week after not holding a postgame press conference on Sunday. New England’s captain under center endured two sacks as well as a roughing-the-passer penalty in the fourth quarter of the AFC East loss. He finished the game having completed 21-of-30 throws for 213 yards with one touchdown, one interception and one fumble.