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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense3rd92.0 (28th)320.4 (1st)
Defense14th88.8 (3rd)252.5 (21st)
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6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19903Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19857Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/1992RGeorgia
29Blount, LeGarrette RB6-025012/5/19866Oregon
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19904Mississippi
58Bostic, Jon OLB6-12455/5/19913Florida
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197716Michigan
97Branch, Alan DT6-635012/29/19849Michigan
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/1994RTexas
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19902West Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19885Texas Christian
49Cardona, Joe LS6-22454/16/1992RNavy
88Chandler, Scott TE6-72607/23/19858Iowa
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19877Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111853/27/1993RTennessee
91Collins, Jamie OLB6-325010/20/19893Southern Mississippi
17Dobson, Aaron WR6-32057/23/19913Marshall
99Easley, Dominique DT6-22852/24/19922Florida
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19884Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19867Kent State
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19922Stanford
52Fletcher, Dane LB6-22459/14/19866Montana State
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/1993RArkansas
55Freeny, Jonathan MLB6-22556/15/19894Rutgers
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19912Eastern Illinois
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198410Memphis
92Grissom, Geneo OLB6-32656/4/1992ROklahoma
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19896Arizona
30Harmon, Duron CB6-12051/24/19913Rutgers
14Harper, Chris WR5-1118512/7/1993RCalifornia
72Hicks, Akiem DE6-532411/16/19894Regina (Canada)
54Hightower, Dont'a OLB6-32653/12/19904Alabama
63Jackson, Tre G6-432012/14/1992RFlorida State
70Johnson, Rufus LB6-52808/28/19901Tarleton State
94Jones, Chris DT6-12957/12/19903Bowling Green State
95Jones, Chandler DE6-52652/27/19904Syracuse
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/1993RAuburn
67Kline, Josh G6-330012/29/19893Kent State
19LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19866Louisiana State
82Martin, Keshawn WR5-111943/15/19904Michigan State
53Martin, Eric OLB6-22507/21/19913Nebraska
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/1993RGeorgia Tech
51Mayo, Jerod MLB6-12502/23/19868Tennessee
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19876Rutgers
24Melvin, Rashaan CB6-219310/2/19893Northern Illinois
50Ninkovich, Rob DE6-22602/1/198410Purdue
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/1993RStanford
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19913Rutgers
93Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32605/10/19895Pittsburgh
96Siliga, Sealver DT6-23254/26/19904Utah
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/19858UCLA
66Stork, Bryan C6-431011/15/19902Florida State
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83257/10/19847Houston
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19922Wisconsin
85Williams, Michael TE6-63049/8/19902Alabama
27Wilson, Tavon SS6-02153/19/19904Illinois
Injured Players
82Boyce, Josh (IR) WR5-112055/6/19912Texas Christian
25Brown, Tarell (IR) CB5-111901/6/19858Texas
 Derby, A.J. (IR) TE6-42559/20/1991RArkansas
46Develin, James (IR) FB6-32557/23/19883Brown
31Gaffney, Tyler (IR) RB6-02204/20/19912Stanford
13Gibson, Brandon (IR) WR6-02108/13/19876Washington State
72Hughes, Kevin (IR) T6-43158/6/19883Southeastern Louisiana
33Lewis, Dion (IR) RB5-81959/27/19904Pittsburgh
28Roberts, Darryl (IR) CB6-019011/26/1990RMarshall
77Solder, Nate (IR) T6-83254/12/19885Colorado
84Tyms, Brian (IR) WR6-32042/21/19893Florida A&M
62Wendell, Ryan (IR) G6-23003/4/19867Fresno State
Practice Squad
 Barker, Chris G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
44Cleveland, Asante TE6-52603/21/19922Miami (Fla.)
 Fauria, Joseph TE6-72671/16/19903UCLA
40Fleming, Darius LB6-22507/19/19894Notre Dame
 Greenwood, Chris DB6-11977/10/19893Albion
 Iosefa, Joey FB6-02456/19/1991RHawaii
 Milton, Keavon T6-43246/23/19903Louisiana-Monroe
 Thomas, Robert NT6-33252/18/19911Arkansas
 Vereen, Brock FS5-112028/17/19922Minnesota
 Wilson, Torrian G6-231011/28/1991RCentral Florida
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4316.76-3294.925.82138
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Position Listing
Ryan Wendell
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.

Nate Solder
Patriots left tackle Nate Solder signed a two-year, $20.62 million contract extension, which takes him through the 2017 season, a source told ESPN. 

As part of the agreement, the Patriots can't use the franchise or transition tag on Solder after his deal runs out in 2017.

The Patriots drafted Solder in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has missed only one game in his four-year career and has started 60 of 63 games.

Dont'a Hightower
Hightower (ribs) was on the field for all but one of the Patriots' defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Jets.

In the process, the linebacker recorded 10 tackles, upping his mark on the season on that front to 35 in six games, to go along with 2.5 sacks.

Michael Williams
The Patriots have acquired tackle Michael Williams from the Lions in exchange for a future draft pick, according to NFL.com. 

Williams is expected to be among the reserve options for the back end of their offensive line in the 2015 season.

Knee - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
Darryl Roberts
The Patriots have placed rookie cornerback and seventh round pick Darryl Roberts on season-ending injured reserve, ESPN has reported.

Roberts injured his wrist in the first preseason game. He started that game and was showing promise in training camp.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Jon Bostic
Bears linebacker Jon Bostic (ankle) was dealt to the Patriots on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Bostic missed the first three games of the season due to a high-ankle sprain, but with the Bears going winless in those outings, the organization decided to jettison both Bostic and Jared Allen (to Carolina). In New England, expect Bostic to serve in a reserve role to starting middle linebacker Jerod Mayo.

Stephen Gostkowski
Gostkowski made two of his three field goal attempts en route to an eight-point effort in Monday's win over the Bills.

After Gostkowski extended his team-record streak to 31 straight field goals in the first quarter of the contest, he missed on a 54-yard attempt in the third quarter. Nevertheless, Gostkowski continues to lead NFL kickers in scoring with 105 points through 10 games.

Tarell Brown
A foot injury has landed Patriots cornerback Tarell Brown (foot) on season-ending injured reserve, per the Boston Herald.

This is a definite blow to the pass defense, as he had spent time as a starter.

Foot - IR. Out for season
Dion Lewis
Lewis (torn ACL) has been placed on IR by the Patriots.

Lewis, who played in seven games for the Patriots this season, recording 234 rushing yards on 49 attempts with two TDs, also caught 36 passes for 388 yards, adding two receiving scores in the process. Lewis -- who previously signed a two-year contract extension with the team through the 2017 season -- should be back in time to try to reclaim his "passing back" role in the New England offense next season. In the meantime, the Patriots will turn to James White and Brandon Bolden to serve as change-of-pace options behind LeGarrette Blount, the team's top "big back."

Knee - IR. Out for season
Tyler Gaffney
The Patriots announced Thursday they placed second-year running back Tyler Gaffney on injured reserve.

The 24-year-old running back was claimed off waivers from the Panthers in July 2014 after Carolina drafted him in the sixth round that year. Gaffney also missed the 2014 season due to an injury he suffered in training camp.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Scott Chandler
Chandler, who caught one of two targets for three yards in Monday's win over the Bills, was on the field for 35 of the Patriots' 67 snaps on offense in the game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Chandler saw just five snaps in the first half of the contest, but his workload increased in the second half, as injuries at wideout led to more multiple tight-end packages. We could see more of that in Week 12 against the Broncos, but Chandler remains a speculative play, having recorded just one catch in each of the Patriot' last four game.

Chris Barker
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
Gronkowski caught 5-of-7 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-26 win over the Giants.

Gronkowski was quiet until the fourth quarter when he scored from 76 yards out, which was the longest play of his career. The All-Pro tight end continues to dominate, recording a touchdown or 100-yard game in seven of nine games this season. On pace to break his own NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end (1,327 yards set in 2011), it seems like only an injury could derail him from another historic season. Next week he'll face the Bills, who he dominated to the tune of seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in Week 2.

Jordan Richards
No Updates
Sealver Siliga
Patriots defensive tackle Sealver Siliga is still in a walking boot after undergoing surgery last season, per ESPN.

Siliga is considered to be one of the top-two options at defensive tackle for the team after the departure of Vince Wilfork. The 24-year-old started five of the seven games he played in 2014. He recorded 32 total tackles and 2.5 sacks last season.

Chris Greenwood
The Ravens announced Tuesday they have placed four players on the season-ending injury reserve list, including safety Matt Elam, per a team release. 

Elam tore his bicep on the first day the team put on pads in camp, so his designation to the injury list is not a surprise. 

In addition to Elam, cornerback Chris Greenwood, linebacker Steve Means and tight end Allen Reisner are sidelined for the season. 

Rashaan Melvin
Ravens defensive back Rashaan Melvin was let go by the Ravens on Tuesday.

The 2013 undrafted free agent surprisingly ended up making starts last season as the secondary was decimated by injuries. Melvin, however, made just one appearance this season. It's not a great sign for his NFL future that he was released by a team whose biggest weakness corresponds with his position.

Nate Ebner
The Patriots have ruled Cameron Fleming (ankle, finger) and Chandler Jones (hip) out for Sunday's game against Detroit, according to New England's final injury report released Friday.

Deemed questionable were Marcus Cannon (hip), Dominique Easley (knee) and Nate Ebner (finger). As expected, Tom Brady (ankle), Julian Edelman (thigh) and Jonas Gray (not injury related) were ruled as probable for Week 12.

Darius Fleming
The Patriots promoted linebacker Darius Fleming from the practice squad to its 53-man roster, reports NESN.com. Fleming has yet to appear in an NFL regular season game.
Josh Boyce
Devin McCourty
McCourty was on the field for all 80 of the Patriots' snaps on defense in Sunday's win over the Colts, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

McCourty recorded a season-high nine tackles in the game, giving him 29 stops overall in five games to go along with a pick. He now has 16 tackles over his last two games.

Julian Edelman
Edelman underwent foot surgery Monday on the Jones fracture he suffered Sunday against the Giants, and he could return in 6-to-8 weeks, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

Breer notes that the recovery timeframe is a rough one, so while it could theoretically allow Edelman to return during the postseason, it's certainly no guarantee. Danny Amendola is expected to get an increase in offensive snaps with Edelman sidelined, while Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski could all see more targets as well.

Foot - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
Brandon Bolden
Bolden, who carried four times for 15 yards in Monday's win over the Bills, was on the field for 12 of the Patriots' 67 snaps on offense in the game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Bolden's versatility and special teams presence are valuable to the Patriots, but he's probably a LeGarrette Blount or James White injury away from fantasy relevance.

Kevin Hughes
The Patriots waived two injured players on Monday, putting the team four players below the 90-man roster limit, per NESN.

Offensive lineman Kevin Hughes was waived/injured after suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday's workout. If Hughes isn't claimed by a team on Tuesday, he'll be placed on injured reserve for the Patriots. 

Defensive tackle Vince Taylor was waived after a failed physical.

Keshawn Martin
Martin (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Despite not having see action since Week 6, Martin's Week 12 status is of some import to the Patriots' offense, given that Julian Edelman is out with a foot injury, Aaron Dobson has a high ankle sprain and Danny Amendola is dealing with a sprained knee. Once Martin is finally able to rejoin the team's lineup, there may be a significant role waiting for him, in light of the rash of injuries that the Patriots have experienced at wideout of late.

Hamstring - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
A.J. Derby
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Patrick Chung
The Patriots have locked up running back Brandon Bolden and starting safety Patrick Chung to contract extensions on Friday, ESPN reports.

Bolden, a core special teams player, signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract extension through 2016. Chung, who returned to New England after spending the 2013 season with the Eagles, signed a three-year extension through 2017. The deal is worth up to $8.2 million and includes $3.4 million in guarantees, according to the report.

David Andrews
No Updates
Duron Harmon
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.
Brandon Gibson
The Patriots are reportedly signing free agent wide receiver Brandon Gibson to a one-year deal, worth $825,000, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Gibson, who was cut last month by the Dolphins, played in 21 games over two seasons with Miami, with his first year cut short by injury. He totaled 59 catches for 621 yards and four touchdowns.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Robert Thomas
Washington has made DE Kedric Golston, QB Robert Griffin III, LB Akeem Jordan, G Shawn Lauvao, WR Santana Moss, TE Jordan Reed and DT Robert Thomas inactive for Week 4 against the Giants.

Jordan, Griffin and Reed were ruled out prior to the contest. Golston and Lauvao were listed as questionable coming into the game. 

Keavon Milton
The Seahawks have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Super Bowl: B.J. Daniels, Marcus Burley, Patrick Lewis, Keavon Milton, David King, Garry Gilliam and Kevin Norwood, the team announced.

Gilliam caught a fake field goal touchdown during the NFC Championship Game for Seattle.

The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England.

Akiem Hicks
The Saints have traded defensive end Akiem Hicks to the Patriots in exchange for Michael Hoomanawanui, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Hicks, who was a third-round pick in 2012, will bolster the Patriots' defensive line depth, but with just two tackles in two games this season, he's off the fantasy radar.

Matthew Slater
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.

Not injury related - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
Chris Jones
The Patriots will be at nearly full strength for Sunday’s Super Bowl as the following players have been listed as probable: Tom Brady (ankle), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), Chris Jones (elbow), Akeem Ayers (knee), Darrelle Revis (non-injury-related) and Sealver Siliga (foot).

All except Brady were limited participants in practice Friday. The only question mark is center Bryan Stork, who is questionable with a knee injury and was limited in practice Friday.

The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against Seattle.

Calf - PUP. Out indefinitely
Jabaal Sheard
Sheard (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Heading into Week 10's action the return of Sheard provides the Patriots with valuable defensive-line depth and an added pass-rushing threat, having recorded 12 tackles and four sacks in five games to date.

Jonathan Freeny
Linebacker Jonathan Freeny has signed with the Patriots, per ESPN.

Freeny, who wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent with the Dolphins, is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He has recorded 30 total tackles and one sack during the 48 games he has played.

Joe Cardona
No Updates
Ryan Allen
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
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.

Eric Martin
The Patriots elevated running back LeGarette Blount to the active roster and cut linebacker Eric Martin on Saturday, according to ESPN.com.

Alan Branch
The Patriots have reportedly re-signed defensive tackle Alan Branch to a two-year deal worth a maximum of $6.6 million, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

Branch, who was signed by New England in the middle of the 2014 season, appeared in eight games and totaled 13 tackles. In his eight-year career, Branch has totaled 120 tackles with eight sacks.

Elbow - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
Josh Kline
Patriots rookie starting center Bryan Stork is not practicing Wednesday, reports MassLive.com. He suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the playoff win over Baltimore and did not return.

If Stork can't play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts, right guard Ryan Wendell will start at center with Josh Kline replacing Wendell.

New England is a 6.5-point home favorite.

Joseph Fauria
Fauria has joined the Patriots' practice squad, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

The 6-foot-7, 267-pounder displayed some red zone prowess as a rookie with the Lions in 2013, but at this stage, he's merely insurance for the Patriots in the event of an injury to one of the team's currently-rostered tight ends: Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler or Michael Williams.

Chris Harper
After Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola left Monday's win over the Bills with injuries, Brandon LaFell and Harper finished the contest as the Patriots' "lone pure receivers," ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

With Julian Edelman already out with a foot injury, Keshawn Martin still sidelined by a hamstring issue, and Matthew Slater more of a special-teamer, the Patriots' wideout depth is being taxed to the point that the team will probably need to add some depth at the position in short order. Though Harper was not credited with a target Monday, it's possible that he could see an expanded role in the Patriots' offense in Week 12 against the Broncos, but such an outcome hinges on the health of Amendola, Martin and Dobson.

Malcolm Butler
Butler was on the field for all 71 of the Patriots' defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

As was fellow starting cornerback Logan Ryan, with Reiss noting that the duo continues to "compete at a high level," while adding that "their growth as a 1-2 combination has been easy to see in recent weeks." Through 10 games to date, Butler -- who recorded three tackles Monday -- has notched 46 tackles and one pick.

Malcom Brown
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
Collins (illness) did not practice Thursday, CSN New England reports.

With back-to-back missed practices, Collins -- who has missed the Patriots' last three games -- looks pretty iffy for Sunday night's game against the Broncos.

Illness - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
Geneo Grissom
No Updates
Chandler Jones
Jones (abdomen) was on the field for 63 of the Patriots' 71 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Per the report, Jones had a chance to rack up a sack Monday, but QB Tyrod Taylor slipped out of the defensive end's grasp, with Jones thus limited to one tackle in the game. Through 10 games overall, Jones has notched 31 tackles and 10.5 sacks.

Abdomen - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
LeGarrette Blount
Blount ran the ball 19 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-26 win against the Giants. He also caught both of his targets for 11 yards.

The Patriots featured Blount on the first drive of the game, getting seven carries, including one from inside the five-yard line. He wasn't used much for the rest of the first half, but found the end zone in the third quarter and had a second touchdown called back due to a holding penalty late in the fourth quarter. Blount has been a little hit-or-miss this season, but he should be a more consistent fantasy contributor moving forward, with the season-ending loss of Dion Lewis in Week 9. On the other hand, Blount is not a particularly good receiver out of the backfield, limiting his upside a bit, although his two receptions Sunday is encouraging. He's got a tough matchup on paper next week, at least on paper, taking on the Bills at home.

Brandon LaFell
LaFell caught five of nine targets for a team-high 102 yards in Sunday's 27-10 win over Washington.

In his third game of the season since returning from a foot injury, LaFell continued to improve on his production. With his health and role in the Patriots' offense now re-established, LaFell is worth a look in deeper formats, though the continued presence of TE Rob Gronkowski and fellow WR Julian Edelman ensures that he'll have plenty of competition for passing targets on any given week.

Marcus Cannon
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. 

Brock Vereen
The Bears have listed their Week 13 injury report prior to Thursday's game.

Wideout Brandon Marshall has been listed as probable with an ankle injury. He's been limited in practice throughout the week, but should play. Eben Britton, Jordan Mills and Brock Vereen were also listed as probable.

First-round pick Kyle Fuller will come into the contest as a game-time decision. He's questionable due to a knee injury. Both Jeremiah Ratliff and Trevor Scott will be listed as doubtful.

Lance Briggs, Darryl Sharpton, Chris Williams and Brian De La Puente have already been ruled out. 

Shaq Mason
No Updates
James Develin
The Patriots re-signed fullback James Develin, an exclusive rights free agent, to a one-year $660,000 contract, reports the Boston Herald. Develin is a solid blocker who played in every game last season, starting four.

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Leg - IR. Out for season
Rufus Johnson
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.

Justin Coleman
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.

Hand - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
Tre Jackson
No Updates
Trey Flowers
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.

Dane Fletcher
The trend of bringing back familiar faces has apparently continued for the Patriots with the signing to a one-year deal of linebacker Dane Fletcher, according to NFL.com.

Fletcher played for New England from 2010 to 2013 before hightailing it for one season to Tampa Bay. He played in all 16 games, but started just four and contributed to a career-high 27 tackles.

He would be expected to provide depth along with Brandon Spikes, who has also returned to the Patriots after one year away.

Knee - PUP. Out indefinitely
Tavon Wilson
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.

Torrian Wilson
No Updates
Jimmy Garoppolo
If Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is suspended at the start of the season in the Deflategate scandal, one of the more interesting storylines would be the play of Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garroppolo, who was a rookie in 2014, has little game experience. However, Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell says he has confidence in the backup quarterback and says a year learning under Brady should suit him well.

"Jimmy has grown a lot since he first stepped foot up there in Foxborough last year," LaFell said, per ESPN. "He got a little experience during the later part of the season against Buffalo; he showed a little glimpse of what he can do. He’s been having a nice OTAs, a nice offseason with us.

"I feel like studying behind Tom has been great for him. If we have to be without Tom for the first couple games, I’m pretty sure Tom will be in Jimmy’s ear helping him prepare each and every way he can to go out here and lead this team. I think we have a great group of guys around him that will kind of take the pressure off Jimmy so he won’t have to feel like he has to go out there and win the game himself."

James White
White caught his lone target for six yards and had just one carry for five yards in Sunday's 27-26 win over the Giants.

It's a little surprising that White had just one target in game in which Tom Brady attempted 42 passes. White will probably have some decent games along the way, with Dion Lewis (ACL) no longer in the picture, but Sunday's usage is not encouraging. On the bright side, Brandon Bolden did not carry the ball and failed to catch his lone target. If you need to use White next week, he and the Patriots will play the Bills at home.

Tom Brady
Brady completed 26-of-42 passes for 334 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's dramatic 27-26 win against the Giants. He also fumbled twice, losing one of them.

It was a mixed bag for Brady, who made a couple of monster throws, including a 76-yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski in the fourth quarter, but also committed three turnovers. His interception came late in the fourth quarter right at the goal line with the Patriots leading by one point, and was nearly costly. Eli Manning marched all the way down the field, and appeared to throw a touchdown pass to Odell Beckham at the two-minute warning, but the ball was slapped away at the last moment, and the Giants ultimately had to settle for a field goal. Trailing by two points with around a minute to go, Brady led the Pats down the field for the game-winning field goal, although it wasn't without some excitement, as he had to convert a key fourth down at one point and was lucky that a Giants' defender dropped an interception to start the drive. The veteran QB continues to play at an incredibly high level, with at least two touchdown passes in all nine games this season (the only QB to do so in 2015). The season-ending loss of Dion Lewis (knee) didn't seem to affect Brady, but he also lost wideout Julian Edleman to an ankle injury in the first half Sunday. The star QB will face the Bills at home next week, before a showdown with the Broncos in Week 12 at Denver.

Dominique Easley
Patriots defensive tackle Dominique Easley (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Easley has some long-term upside as an IDP option, but he'll need to re-establish his health and cement a regular role before meriting lineup consideration. To date, the second-year defensive lineman has recorded 10 tackles in 12 career NFL contests.

Logan Ryan
Ryan was on the field for all 71 of the Patriots' defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

As was fellow cornerback Malcolm Butler, with Ryan's team-high nine tackles Monday upping his season total in that category to 50, to go along with four picks in 10 games to date.

Asante Cleveland
The 49ers traded tight end Asante Cleveland to the Patriots on Tuesday in exchange for offensive lineman Jordan Devey.

Cleveland appeared in six games as a rookie in 2014. He did not record a catch.

Devey, who was an undrafted free agent in 2013, appeared in seven games last season for New England. He made four starts.

Joey Iosefa
The Buccaneers announced the signing of sixth-round pick Kaelin Clay, fourth-round linebacker Kwon Alexander, fifth-round wide receiver Kenny Bell and seventh-round fullback Joey Iosefa, according to the team's official website. The draft picks were all signed to four-year deals.

The team also announced they claimed linebacker Khaseem Greene off waivers. Greene totaled 17 tackles in 10 games for the Bears last season.

Sebastian Vollmer
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.
Danny Amendola
Amendola (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Amendola -- who sprained his knee this past Monday against the Bills -- returned to the field Thursday after being listed as a non-participant at Wednesday's practice. His presence Thursday, in any capacity, is a good sign, but the wideout's status for Sunday night's game against the Broncos is far from settled at this point.

Knee - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
Jerod Mayo
Mayo was on the field for 23 of the Patriots' 80 snaps on defense in Sunday's win over the Colts, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

He did not record a tackle in the contest and even with Dont'a Hightower sidelined, Mayo's role in the game was limited, with fellow LB Jonathan Freeny (47 snaps) actually absorbing more of Hightower's responsibilities in tandem with Jamie Collins (8- snaps). With just seven tackles in five games to date, Mayo is off the IDP radar these days.

Aaron Dobson
The Patriots have placed Dobson (ankle) on IR, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

With Dobson headed to IR, Julian Edelman out indefinitely, plus Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin also banged up, we'd expect the Patriots to make a move to add some wideout depth in the coming days.

Ankle - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 12 at Denver
Brian Tyms
The Patriots re-signed receiver Brian Tyms after declining to tender him as a restricted free agent, according to the NFL transaction wire. Tyms, 26, played in 11 games last year, catching five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Bryan Stork
The Patriots placed center Bryan Stork on short-term injured reserve Wednesday. He can't practice for six weeks and won't be eligible to play in a game until after eight weeks.

To take his spot on the roster, the Patriots signed defensive back Justin Coleman.

Rob Ninkovich
Ninkovich was on the field for 52 of the Patriots' 71 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

In the process, he recorded a season-high six tackles and 1.5 sacks. Ninkovich remains a key cog in the Patriots' defensive end rotation along with Chandler Jones and Jabaal Sheard, though his overall numbers (29 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 10 games to date) limits his fantasy utility to deeper formats.

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