Flowers (head) received three stitches on his forehead after suffering a facial laceration during yesterday's practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Flowers suffered the injury during a pile-up on the goal line. He was subsequently limited at Saturday's practice, but the issue is considered minor. Look for him to resume a full workload once his stitches are removed. The defensive end is coming off a career-high 804 snaps last season, which resulted in 62 tackles (45 solo) and 6.5 sacks. He will presumably be in line for another starting role in 2019 assuming he avoids any setbacks.
Flowers departed Saturday's practice early with the training staff and a towel to his face, NESN Sports reports.
The extent of Flowers' injury has yet to be revealed, so it's best to consider him day-to-day until something suggests otherwise. The defensive end played a career-high 804 snaps on defense last season, recording 62 tackles (45) solo and 6.5 sacks and should serve as a starter again in 2018 assuming the issue doesn't force him to miss extended time.
Flowers finished the 2017 regular season with 62 tackles and a team-high 6.5 sacks in 14 games to go along with two forced fumbles.
Given his defensive line eligibility, Flowers has carved out some utility in IDP formats in his role as the team's starting right defensive end. It's an assignment the 2015 fourth-rounder should reprise in 2018, the final year of his rookie deal with the Patriots.
Flowers logged three consecutive limited practices this week after missing the previous two games with a rib injury. Final confirmation on his status for Week 14 will likely be determined prior to kickoff. Either Eric Lee (ankle) or Geneo Grissom would figure to replace Flowers should he ultimately be unable to return.
|P3||8/24/18||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/30/18||@ NYG||7:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ JAC||4:25 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ DET||8:20 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/18||@ BUF||8:15 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|2015||New England Patriots||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||45||23.0||22||7||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||New England Patriots||14||62||45.0||17||6.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2018||New England Patriots||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||New England Patriots||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||2||-3||2||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||14||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|