McCourty finished the 2020 season with 68 tackles and two interceptions (including one returned for a TD) in 16 games. McCourty, who turns 34 in August, is under contract with New England for 2021 and plans to play next season, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports. The 2010 first-rounder -- who hasn't missed a game since 2015 -- is thus in line to reprise his starting free safety role for the Patriots, an assignment that carries with it a degree of fantasy utility.
McCourty (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game versus the Jets. McCourty will avoid missing his first game since the 2015 season. The 33-year-old will start at free safety Sunday, looking to add to the 62 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions he's accrued thus far.
McCourty (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Jets. McCourty provided limited sessions Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday's practice. While New England's postseason aspirations have already been dashed coming into Week 17, McCourty has an opportunity to extend his active games streak to 81 with an appearance against the division-rival Jets.
McCourty (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant for Thursday's practice session. McCourty hasn't missed a game all year, and he's sat out just five of a possible 175 regular-season contests since entering the NFL in 2010. As such, the fact that he's trending positively for Week 17 almost assures the veteran's presence in the lineup. If indeed available for a season finale against the Jets, McCourty would look to improve upon the 105.5 passer rating he's surrendered in coverage this season. Last year, the two-time Pro Bowler held opponents to a rating of 61.0 over 33 targets.
McCourty (shoulder) was unable to participate at Wednesday's practice, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports. McCourty injured his shoulder in last week's loss to the Bills. He was ultimately unable to return, and his absence Wednesday does not bode well for his Week 17 status. Some combination of Joejuan Williams and Justin Bethel would presumably be in line to replace him should he have to miss the regular-season finale.