Flowers (illness) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Titans. Flowers missed Wednesday's practice with an illness but returned Thursday in a limited capacity. If he isn't able to play, the Patriots may need James Harrison to take on an increased workload.
Flowers tallied 10 tackles (five solo) and 2.5 sacks in Sunday's 37-16 defeat of the Bills. Flowers took full advantage of Kyle Van Noy's absence, racking up more tackles in the contest than he'd amassed in any single season prior to 2017. The sacks were also the first of his career. He'll be an appealing IDP option in Week 17 against the Jets if Van Noy is sidelined once more.
Flowers (knee) is officially active for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. Flower was listed as questionable after being limited in practice throughout the week, but it seemed as though he was on track to play. The 25-year-old should see a heavy workload against the Dolphins on Monday with linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf) inactive.
Flowers was traded to the Patriots on Tuesday for a seventh-round pick, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Flowers is coming off a 2016 campaign with the Bengals where he appeared in all 16 games but mostly as a member of special teams. In New England, he'll likely serve a similar role as a depth option on defense and key member of the special teams unit.
The Bengals announced middle linebacker Rey Maualuga won't return from the hamstring injury he suffered in the second quarter at Indianapolis. With Maualuga out, linebackers Marquis Flowers and Nico Johnson will see increased snaps.
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