McCourty finished the 2016 regular season with 83 tackles and a pick over the course of 16 games. McCourty, who the Patriots selected 27th overall in the 2010 NFL draft, serves as the team's starting free safety and is in line to remain a mainstay in the New England secondary for the next few seasons, as he is under contract with the franchise through the 2019 campaign.
During the 2015 regular season, McCourty was on the field for 84.7 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. McCourty and Patrick Chung -- who both remain under contract heading into 2016 -- served as the Patriots' starting safeties, with Reiss noting that McCourty saw much of his work "in the center field-type role" with Chung "often playing in the box and offering quality run support." In the process, McCourty recorded 64 tackles in 14 games, though his IDP utility was capped by the fact that he recorded just one pick in that span.
McCourty (ankle) is active Sunday against the Dolphins. After putting in three limited practices this week, McCourty will be back in the lineup at free safety after missing last week's contest. On the season, he's recorded a sack, an INT and 56 tackles.
McCourty (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. McCourty has a chance to play Sunday, but that won't be confirmed until the team's Week 17 inactives are released. The safety heads into the Patriots' regular season finale with 57 tackles and a pick in 13 games, all starts.
McCourty (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday. McCourty continues to recover from a high ankle sprain that has kept him out of the past two games. Although he was limited in practice all week leading up to Week 16's game against the Jets, McCourty was eventually downgraded to out, so his status heading into Sunday's upcoming matchup with the Dolphins is questionable at best.