Sheard has been nursing an MCL sprain since the Patriots' preseason opener Aug. 11. However, the upward trajectory of his participation in recent practices has culminated with a fully-active session, suggesting Sheard is nearing full strength and expected to play in New England's Week 1 bout with the Cardinals.
Sheard's injury occurred during the
The injury Sheard suffered on Aug. 11 is reportedly a sprained MCL, the Boston Herald reports.
While it's not viewed as a serious or long-term injury, Sheard's status will be worth monitoring in advance of Week 1 of the regular season. Following the team's offseason trade of Chandler Jones, the defensive end is being counted on to be a key pass-rusher for the Patriots in 2016. Sheard recorded 37 tackles, four forced fumbles and eight sacks in 13 contests for New England last year.
Sheard (undisclosed) won't play Thursday against the Bears, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Sheard has missed the Patriots' last four practices with an unspecified issue, so he'll be held out Thursday. In his second year with the team, he's being counted on to be a key cog on the team's defensive line, especially in the wake of the trade of Chandler Jones. After being on the field for 51.0 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps last season, Sheard figures to see enough of an uptick on that front in 2016 to merit IDP consideration. In 13 contests last year, he recorded 37 tackles, four forced fumbles and eight sacks.
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