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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense12th150.7 (4th)218.7 (24th)
Defense17th90.3 (9th)271.3 (18th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19904Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19858Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19922Georgia
88Bennett, Martellus TE6-62753/10/19879Texas A&M
29Blount, LeGarrette RB6-025012/5/19867Oregon
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19905Mississippi
97Branch, Alan DT6-635012/29/198410Michigan
7Brissett, Jacoby QB6-423512/11/1992RNorth Carolina State
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19942Texas
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19903West Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19886Texas Christian
49Cardona, Joe LS6-32454/16/19922Navy
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19878Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111903/27/19932Tennessee
91Collins, Jamie OLB6-325010/20/19894Southern Mississippi
65Cooper, Jonathan G6-23101/19/19904North Carolina
86Derby, A.J. TE6-52559/20/19912Arkansas
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19884Brown
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19885Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19868Kent State
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19923Stanford
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19932Arkansas
27Foster, D.J. RB6-019511/22/1993RArizona State
55Freeny, Jonathan OLB6-22556/15/19895Rutgers
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19913Eastern Illinois
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198411Memphis
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19897Arizona
81Harbor, Clay TE6-32407/2/19877Missouri State
30Harmon, Duron FS6-12051/24/19914Rutgers
54Hightower, Dont'a MLB6-32653/12/19905Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19884Monmouth (N.J.)
63Jackson, Tre G6-432012/14/19922Florida State
96Johnson, Anthony DT6-22951/24/19932Louisiana State
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/1993RAuburn
24Jones, Cyrus CB5-1020011/29/1993RAlabama
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/1993RIllinois
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19932Auburn
33Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19905Pittsburgh
95Long, Chris DE6-32703/28/19859Virginia
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/19932Georgia Tech
58McClellin, Shea LB6-32508/1/19895Boise State
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19877Rutgers
51Mingo, Barkevious LB6-424010/4/19904Louisiana State
19Mitchell, Malcolm WR6-12007/20/1993RGeorgia
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/19932Stanford
52Roberts, Elandon ILB6-02354/22/1994RHouston
25Rowe, Eric CB6-120510/3/19922Utah
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19914Rutgers
93Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32655/10/19896Pittsburgh
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/19859UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19886Colorado
62Thuney, Joe G6-530511/19/1992RNorth Carolina State
99Valentine, Vincent DT6-33202/23/1994RNebraska
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83207/10/19848Houston
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19914Texas Tech
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19923Wisconsin
Injured Players
36Gaffney, Tyler (IR) RB6-02204/20/19913Stanford
45Snyder, Kevin (IR) LB6-22457/25/19921Rutgers
85Williams, Michael (IR) TE6-63049/8/19903Alabama
Practice Squad
64Barker, Chris G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
 Gause, Quentin LB6-024310/30/1992RRutgers
92Grissom, Geneo OLB6-42656/4/19922Oklahoma
74Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-331512/20/1992RMississippi
16Lucien, Devin WR6-22006/26/1993RArizona State
 Sankey, Bishop RB5-102099/15/19923Washington
 Silberman, Ian T6-530610/10/19922Boston College
42Sunseri, Vinnie DB6-021010/25/19913Alabama
 White, DeAndrew WR6-019210/16/19912Alabama
Suspended Players
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197717Michigan
50Ninkovich, Rob DE6-22602/1/198411Purdue
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4315.66-3297.925.72232
 
 
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Position Listing
DeAndrew White
News
White -- who caught one pass for 12 yards -- could potentially start the season as the 49ers' slot receiver after Bruce Ellington (hamstring) went down Friday.

The severity of Ellington's hamstring injury isn't clear at the moment, but he has already developed a reputation for being injury prone. If he isn't able to suit up for Week 1 then White would be the likely fill-in after he stepped in for Ellington -- who was dealing with a different ailment -- last week. He is fairly unproven and the 49ers' passing game has looked uninspiring during the preseason, so he would initially be considered waiver wire fodder even with the elevated role.

Nate Solder
News
Solder (hamstring) is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Solder entered the weekend questionable to play Sunday after missing the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Cardinals, but he's healthy enough at this point to make his season debut. LaAdrian Waddle figures to move back into his typical reserve role with Solder back on the field.

Dont'a Hightower
News
Hightower (knee) has been listed as inactive for Thursday's game against the Texans.

Hightower was limited in practice all week, leaving him as a toss up to play Week 3. This will be his second missed game since spraining his MCL in the team's Week 1 game. The added time off prior to Week 4 may be enough for him to get back on the field. Look for Elandon Roberts to see some extra time once again in Hightower's absence.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Buffalo
Eric Rowe
News
Rowe has been listed as out for the Patriot's Week 2 game against the Dolphins due to an ankle injury.

It's unclear how Rowe suffered the injury but seeing as it was enough to keep him out of practice on Friday it's unsurprising that he won't be playing in Week 2. Since he's little more than a depth corner and special teams player his absence shouldn't impact the team greatly.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Buffalo
Michael Williams
News
Williams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.

As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.

Injury
Knee - Out for Week 4 vs. Buffalo
Stephen Gostkowski
News
Gostkowski made one of his two field goal attempts in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Dolphins, en route to a seven-point effort.

Through two games -- both started by QB Jimmy Garoppolo -- Gostkowski has recorded 18 points. Once Tom Brady returns to action in Week 5, the overall prospects of the Patriots' offense, which Gostkowski kicks behind, will be bolstered.

Jonathan Jones
No Updates
Clay Harbor
News
Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Harbor was on the field for 22 of the Patriots' 80 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

In the process, Harbor was not targeted, which underscores the reality that he'll only merit fantasy consideration in the event that both Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett are sidelined.

Dion Lewis
News
The Patriots have moved Lewis (knee) to their reserve/PUP list, meaning that he will miss at least the team's first six regular season games, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

In the absence of Lewis, who recently underwent what has been described as a "relatively minor" procedure on his left knee, look for James White to see added change-of-pace work in the New England offense in tandem with power back LeGarrette Blount. Meanwhile, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney and D.J. Foster round out the team's current depth RB options.

Injury
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Tyler Gaffney
News
Gaffney (foot) reached an injury settlement with the Patriots on Friday, Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com reports.

The transaction removes Gaffney from the Patriots' injured reserve. If he can regain his health, it isn't out of the realm of possibility for the running back to resurface with another organization before season's end.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Buffalo
Chris Barker
News
The Patriots have announced the re-signing of offensive lineman Chris Barker to the practice squad and the release of defensive end Ben Bass .

Bass played in two games with Dallas in 2012, but none since.

Rob Gronkowski
News
Gronkowski was on the field for 14 of the Patriots' 64 offensive snaps in Thursday's 27-0 win over the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Only three of Gronkowski's snaps Thursday came in the second half, with the flow of the game allowing the Patriots to ease their star tight end back into the mix. When asked how his hamstring felt after his first regular-season action, Gronkowski said, "it's good, it responded well." Assuming no setbacks, Gronkowski -- who did not record a catch in Week 3 -- should be good to go on Oct. 2 against the Bills, a game in which we'd expect his workload to increase.

Jordan Richards
No Updates
Devin Lucien
No Updates
Chris Long
News
Long will sign a one-year contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

With Chandler Jones being shipped to the Cardinals, the Patriots needed some additional help on the defensive line, so they've opted to sign Long to a one-year deal. Long spent the first eight years of his career with the Rams and is coming off a 2015-16 campaign where he posted 19 tackles and three sacks. He'll have to battle in training camp for the right to see meaningful reps come the regular season opener.

Ian Silberman
News
The 49ers have signed the following draft picks to four-year contracts: Jaquiski Tartt , Eli Harold, Blake Bell, Mike Davis, DeAndre Smelter, Bradley Pinion, Ian Silberman, Trenton Brown and Busta Anderson, the team announced on Monday.

Tartt was selected in the second round out of Samford, where he amassed 277 tackles with six interceptions in his college career. Davis was selected in the fourth round and rushed for 2,440 yards and 22 touchdowns on 454 carries in his college career.

Nate Ebner
News
Ebner has been selected to the USA Rugby Men's Sevens team that will compete at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, NFL.com reports.

Ebner took a leave of absence from the Patriots in Match and will now remain away from the team while competing for his country in this summer's Olympics. An All-American rugby player at Ohio State and special teams standout in New England, Ebner signed a new contract with the Patriots earlier this year and is expected to rejoin his teammates in training camp after the Olympics.

Anthony Johnson
News
The Dolphins have promoted defensive back T.J. Heath from the practice squad to their active roster on Saturday, per the Miami Herald. Heath will take the roster spot vacated by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.
Quentin Gause
No Updates
Devin McCourty
News
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.

Julian Edelman
News
Edelman secured four of six targets for 38 yards and added 14 yards on three rushes in Thursday's 27-0 victory over the Texans.

The jack-of-all-trades was also officially the emergency QB on a night where the Patriots were forced to give 2016 third-rounder Jacoby Brissett his first NFL start. Edelman helped play the role of security blanket underneath for the rookie and also made a solid downfield block on LeGarrette Blount's 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Patriots game plan clearly called for playing it safe Thursday, so Edelman's modest production should be kept in perspective. With Jimmy Garoppolo potentially available for Week 4 and Tom Brady set to return thereafter, the veteran receiver's numbers are poised to see a boost in coming weeks.

Vincent Valentine
News
The Patriots selected Valentine in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 96th overall.

Valentine is a huge tackle at 6-foot-4, 329 pounds, so New England presumably looks at him as a nose tackle for the most part. He didn't spend much time behind the line of scrimmage in college, totaling just 14 tackles for loss in three years.

Brandon Bolden
News
Bolden was on the field for just three of the Patriots' 71 snaps on offense in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cardinals, logging one carry for four yards, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Meanwhile, power back LeGarrette Blount recorded 42 snaps and the team's top change-of-pace option James White logged 26. With Tyler Gaffney no longer in the mix and D.J. Foster inactive Sunday, Bolden essentially backed up the two aforementioned backs. In the event that injuries hit either Blount or White, it's quite possible that either Foster (in a pass-catching role) or even practice squadder Bishop Sankey could overtake Bolden, whose weekly active status is tied to his special teams prowess.

Bishop Sankey
News
The Patriots signed Sankey to the practice squad Sunday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

A second-round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Sankey was usurped in the running back pecking order in Tennessee by Antonio Andrews last season. With the offseason additions of DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry, the writing has been on the wall for Sankey for some time, and he finally failed to make the 53-man roster Friday. Upon joining the Pats, an injury to one of the current active members (LeGarrette Blount, James White, Brandon Bolden, and D.J. Foster) could result in Sankey's activation.

A.J. Derby
News
Derby is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

With Rob Gronkowski and Derby both inactive Sunday, Clay Harbor is on hand to work in tandem with fellow TE Martellus Bennett.

Patrick Chung
News
Chung signed a three-year extension worth $5.7 million with the Patriots on Friday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Chung will be locked up through the 2018 season as he has emerged as the Patriots starting strong safety over the past two years. He finished the 2015 campaign with 85 tackles and a forced fumble in 15 games.

David Andrews
No Updates
Joe Thuney
No Updates
Barkevious Mingo
News
The Browns have Browns traded Mingo to the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Mingo, who was selected sixth overall by the Browns in the 2013 draft, gives the Patriots another edge- rushing option, something that will come in handy with Chandler Jones no longer around and Rob Ninkovich dealing with a triceps injury.

Duron Harmon
News
Patriots rookie safety Duron Harmon made an interception for the second straight game, returning it 42 yards in the Week 9 win over the Steelers. He added four tackles, giving him eight tackles and three passes defended this season.
D.J. Foster
News
Foster is inactive for Thursday's game against the Texans.

With Dion Lewis still out and Foster inactive, James White is on track to serve as the Patriots' top pass-catching back in Week 3, while LeGarrette Blount is ticketed for early-down work on Thursday.

LaAdrian Waddle
News
The Lions have announced that they have activated two starters - defensive end Jason Jones and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle - off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Wadde has recovered from a partially torn ACL while Jones was dealing with a knee ailment that required surgery.

Malcolm Mitchell
News
Mitchell caught one pass (on two targets) for 27 yards in Thursday's 27-0 win over the Texans.

Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Mitchell was on the field for 17 of the Patriots' 64 snaps on offense Thursday, while Chris Hogan led the way on that front by recording 57 snaps and Julian Edelman was out there for 48. At this stage, Mitchell is a speculative fantasy option, but his team context is destined to change as the season rolls along, once injuries hit his fellow wideouts, and of course in Week 5, when the Patriots welcome top QB Tom Brady back to their lineup.

Matthew Slater
News
Slater (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Though Slater's role in the team's offense remains limited, he continues to be a key cog on special teams for the Patriots.

Jabaal Sheard
News
Sheard (knee) was not listed on the Patriots' injury report Wednesday.

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 finally culminated in a full session, suggesting Sheard is nearing full health and fully expected to play in New England's Week 1 bout with the Cardinals.

Jonathan Freeny
News
Freeny (shoulder) is active for the Patriots' Week 3 game against the Texans.

Freeny was limited in practice all week and was questionable to play on Thursday. It's unclear if he'll be at all limited in the game, in which case Shea McClellin would likely see some extra snaps.

Joe Cardona
No Updates
Ryan Allen
News
The Patriots agreed to a three-year contract extension with punter Ryan Allen, reports ESPN. Allen is entering his third season with the Patriots.
Cameron Fleming
News
The Patriots have deemed the following players as inactive for Saturday's divisional round game against the Ravens: Josh Boyce, Jordan Devey, Zach Moore, Steve Maneri, Cameron Fleming, James White and Jonas Gray.

Gray, who 89 carries for 412 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, is dealing with an ankle injury. Gray was listed as probable throughout the week.

The Patriots are 7-point favorites against Baltimore Saturday.

Alan Branch
News
Branch was reinstated from his team suspension on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.

Branch reportedly picked up the suspension for a violation of team rules, although specifics were never released. After nearly a week of being on suspension, the Patriots opted to reinstate him Thursday, which means he should take on his normal role as a key contributor on the defensive line. Branch is coming off a 2015 campaign where he posted 35 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Kevin Snyder
Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Buffalo
Jonathan Cooper
News
Cooper (foot) has been listed as inactive for Thursday's matchup with Houston.

Cooper has been dealing with his foot injury for a while now and has yet to play this season. Look for Shaq Mason to get the start once again with Cooper out.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Buffalo
Malcolm Butler
News
Butler (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Butler was a limited participant in practice throughout the week, but given he avoided any kind of severe ankle injury, he'll be on the field Sunday for the Patriots' defense. He'll be the No. 1 option at corner, with Justin Coleman potentially receiving additional reps if Butler suffers a setback.

Cyrus Jones
News
The Patriots selected Jones in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 60th overall.

Jones is unlikely to project as a starting outside corner in the NFL at under 5-foot-10, but he should at the least turn into a solid slot corner, and a dynamite punt returner. Jones returned four punts for touchdowns in 2015 alone.

Malcom Brown
News
Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley (hip) did not practice on Wednesday, Doug Kyed of the New England Sports Network reports.

Easley's absence was due to a hip pointer suffered during Thursday's game against the Steelers and early reports indicate Easley will likely miss 1-2 weeks rehabbing the injury. With Easley most likely missing Sunday's contest against the Bills, 2015 first-round pick Malcom Brown could step in and receive more snaps. 

Brandon King
No Updates
Jamie Collins
News
Collins, who had an excused absence this past Thursday, has resumed practicing with the Patriots.

Per the Boston Herald, Collins has had a pass breakup in back-to-back practices. Thus the Patriots' starting linebacker looks good to go for the coming season and assuming his health, Collins remains firmly on the IDP radar. The fourth-year pro is coming off a 2015 season in which he recorded a fantasy-friendly 89 tackles, 5.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 games for the Patriots.

Geneo Grissom
No Updates
LeGarrette Blount
News
Blount totaled 105 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Thursday's 27-0 victory over the Texans.

The bruising back wore the Texans down throughout the course of the night, serving as an excellent complementary weapon that helped keep the defense honest for rookie starter Jacoby Brissett. Blount plowed in from one yard out in the third quarter and then put the exclamation point on the blowout victory with a 41-yard rumble into the end zone in the final period. Despite head coach Bill Belichick's unpredictable nature, he's been consistent in his usage of Blount over the first three weeks, with the seven-year pro garnering no less than 22 carries in any of those contests, and posting 100-yard efforts in his last two. The former Oregon Duck will take aim at the Bills defense in Week 4.

Woodrow Hamilton
No Updates
Elandon Roberts
No Updates
Marcus Cannon
News
Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has signed a two-year extension, according to ESPN.

Cannon has battled some injuries this season, but has managed to play in all 13 games. After starting the first three games of the year, Cannon took a backseat, and has been used as a backup. 

Chris Hogan
News
Hogan caught three of his four targets for 60 yards, including a 37-yard TD in the first quarter of Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cardinals.

Per ESPN's Mike Reiss Hogan was on the field for 55 of the Patriots' 71 snaps on offense, making him the team's second-busiest wideout on the day, behind Julian Edelman (61 snaps). Meanwhile, Malcolm Mitchell saw 39 snaps and Danny Amendola was out there for 19. Hogans' Week 1 usage confirms that he should be a key cog in the Patriots' offense going forward, though as the season progresses, added variables will factor into the team's weekly game-planning, for example, the eventual return to the mix of both TE Rob Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady.

Shaq Mason
News
Mason (hand) is questionable for the Patriots' Week 2 game against Miami.

Mason was limited in each practice this week due to his hand injury. He was active for Week 1 while dealing with the same injury and it wouldn't be surprising to see the depth lineman activated once again since he won't see extended time unless an injury forces him into a larger role.

James Develin
News
Develin has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Given his limited touches in the team's offense, Develin's fantasy value remains limited. That said, his versatility and blocking are valuable assets to the Patriots, and his healthy return to the mix in 2016 should be a boost to the team's ground game this coming season.

Justin Coleman
News
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Tre Jackson
Injury
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
No Updates
Trey Flowers
News
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Jacoby Brissett
News
Brissett completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Thursday's 27-0 victory over the Texans. He also gained 48 yards and scored a touchdown on eight carries.

It probably should come as no surprise that Bill Belichick and his staff would find a way for a rookie starting his first NFL game against a talented defense to put on a virtually flawless performance, but Brissett's poise was nevertheless impressive to behold. The 2016 third-rounder took no chances in the passing game, but cut loose on a 27-yard, first-quarter touchdown run, bootlegging around right tackle and streaking up the sideline while making a nifty move inside the five-yard line to avoid Texans safety Andre Hal and get into the end zone. Brissett made good use of trusty underneath targets Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, connecting with them a combined six times on eight looks. Although he had Rob Gronkowski at his disposal, the rookie only targeted the All-Pro once and leveraged the effective running of LeGarrette Blount to keep the Houston defense off-balance throughout the night. With 10 days until a Week 4 home date with Buffalo, it remains very much in the air whether Brissett or Jimmy Garoppolo will get the call in the final game before Tom Brady returns from suspension.

Injury
Thumb - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Buffalo
Vinnie Sunseri
News
After going unclaimed on waivers, the Saints placed safety Vinnie Sunseri , receiver Nick Toon and linebacker Ronald Powell on injured reserve, according to The Times-Picayune.
Jimmy Garoppolo
News
Garoppolo (right shoulder) is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Texans.

As a result, Jacoby Brissett will start at QB for the Patriots on Thursday, with wide receiver Julian Edelman - a college signal-caller - on hand as an emergency QB option for the team.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Buffalo
James White
News
White carried three times for 12 yards and caught one pass for two yards (on two targets) in Thursday's 27-0 win over the Texans.

Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, White was on the field for 16 of the Patriots' 64 snaps on offense, with his modest Week 3 usage tied the team's game-plan, which featured a heavy dose of power back LeGarrette Blount, while QB Jacoby Brissett only attempted 19 passes in his first NFL start.

Tom Brady
News
While playing the entire first half of Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, Brady (suspension) completed 16 of 26 passes for 166 yards, with a TD and a pick.

With Brady having seemingly finished up the game in good health, the veteran QB's first regular-season action is set for Week 5 against the Browns, after he serves his four-game suspension at the beginning of the upcoming campaign. In the meantime, Jimmy Garoppolo is slated to start the Patriots' first four games of the upcoming campaign.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 at Cleveland
Martellus Bennett
News
Bennett secured two of three targets for 10 yards and added six yards on one rush in Thursday's 27-0 victory over the Texans

The veteran tight end was still involved despite Rob Gronkowski being active for the contest, but simply wasn't needed much on a night where the Patriots played it safe in the passing game and largely pummeled the Texans defense with LeGarrette Blount. Bennett has a modest eight catches on 11 targets over his first three games, but his involvement could increase in the coming weeks if New England opts to deploy more of the two-tight-end attack under Tom Brady that they've enjoyed great success with in seasons past.

Logan Ryan
News
During the 2015 regular season, Ryan was on the field for 89.3 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Heading into the season, a big question facing the Patriots was how the team would replace starting cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. The answer ended up being pretty straightforward, as Malcolm Butler (98.8 percent of the team's snaps) and Ryan ended up leading the Patriots defense in playing time. In the process, Ryan racked up 74 tackles and four picks in 16 games, numbers that put New England's starting right cornerback on the IDP radar.

Sebastian Vollmer
News
Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer had to leave Week 2 after suffering a finger injury in the second quarter, reports NESN. His return is questionable.
Injury
Hip - Physically Unable to Perform
Danny Amendola
News
Amendola secured both of his targets for 23 yards and added 10 yards on his sole punt return in Thursday's 27-0 victory over the Texans.

The veteran receiver was one of rookie Jacoby Brissett's safety valves on the night, making the most of his two targets in a game where the Patriots clearly kept their passing attack as close to the vest as possible. Amendola, like the rest of the Patriots' pass-catchers, figures to see a boost in coming weeks with the possible return of Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 4 and Tom Brady's arrival in Week 5. He showed some solid rapport with the former in Week 2 before the QB's shoulder injury by hauling in a pair of scores, which could bode well for a Week 4 tilt against a beatable Bills secondary.

Ted Karras
No Updates
Shea McClellin
News
McClellin has reached an agreement with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

McClellin's 81 tackles left him second on the Bears in 2015 despite the fact that he was limited to 12 games by a concussion and a knee injury. It was by far his most successful NFL season as he seemed much better fit for the inside linebacker position than his previous spots on the outside or at defensive end. The Patriots run a 4-3, so it will be interesting to see how he fits into their defense.

Rob Ninkovich
News
The Patriots have signed Ninkovich (suspension) to a one-year contract extension, NFL.com reports.

Though he's suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season and concurrently nursing a triceps injury, the Patriots' brass still clearly considers Ninkovich a key piece of their defense for the foreseeable future. Previously set to hit the free agent market after at season's end, Ninkovich is now set to remain in New England through 2017.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 at Cleveland