McCourty said he will continue his football career in 2019, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
McCourty has started 139 regular-season games and 22 playoff games in nine NFL seasons, serving as one of the few mainstays on a New England defense that tends to cycle through a lot of players. A contract extension might make sense even if the 31-year-old safety isn't sure about playing beyond 2019, as he's currently scheduled for a $13.44 million cap hit in the final year of his contract, per overthecap.com. The two-time Pro Bowler had just one interception in each of the past three seasons, averaging 84.7 tackles, 5.3 passes defensed, 1.3 fumble recoveries and 0.7 forced fumbles while starting every game in that span.
McCourty (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
McCourty did not practice last week while nursing a head injury, and has now returned in full. The starting safety appears on track to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol in time to suit up for Sunday's divisional-round tilt against the Chargers.
McCourty (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
McCourty sat out last week's sessions due to a head injury sustained Week 17 against the Jets, but now retakes the practice field. He'll need to fully clear the league-mandated concussion protocol in order to suit up for Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Chargers. McCourty played 96.3 percent of defensive snaps during the regular season, and will be a notable boost for New England's secondary if he's able to play.
McCourty (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.
McCourty now misses his second consecutive practice due to a head injury. The Patriots are on a bye and aren't required to submit an injury report at any point this week, so it's difficult to assess McCourty's recovery progress. The starting safety's chances of suiting up for New England's playoff opener remain up in the air, and we likely won't discern his true availability until next week.
McCourty (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
McCourty's status for the Patriots' playoff opener remains in limbo, but there appears to be growing optimism that he'll have the chance to suit up. The extra week of rest will be a major factor in McCourty's favor, but given the nature of head injuries it's more of a wait-and-see situation than anything else at the moment. The hope is he'll return to practice soon, but we likely won't know his game status for the divisional round for at least another week.
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|2011||New England Patriots||14||87||65.0||22||0||2||38||19.0||38||0||13|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||82||63.0||19||0||5||53||10.6||34||0||13|
|2013||New England Patriots||15||69||48.0||21||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||9|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||68||51.0||17||0||2||70||35.0||60||0||6|
|2015||New England Patriots||14||64||51.0||13||1||1||27||27.0||27||0||6|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||83||67.0||16||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2017||New England Patriots||16||97||80.0||17||1||1||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2018||New England Patriots||16||82||59.0||23||0||1||84||84.0||84||1||4|
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|2011||New England Patriots||14||1||24||24.0||24||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||27||654||24.2||104||1||1|
|2013||New England Patriots||15||7||132||18.9||27||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||1||27||27.0||27||0||0|
|2015||New England Patriots||14||2||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||2||9||4.5||9||0||0|
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