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.
Flowers (ribs) is officially inactive for Monday night's game against the Dolphins.
Flowers was a limited participant in practice all week and was listed as questionable, but he will miss his second consecutive game. The 24-year-old leads the Patriots with six sacks on the season, and the team will have to look beyond the usual suspects for production with leading tackler Kyle Van Noy (calf) also inactive Monday.
Flowers (ribs) is questionable for Monday's game against Miami.
Although he's listed as questionable, Flowers was able to practice all week, which indicates he might be able to return to the field Monday. He's one of the team's top defenders and a versatile disruptor in the front seven.
|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|
|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|