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Patriots' Josh Gordon: Ditches NFI tag
The Patriots removed Gordon (undisclosed) from the non-football injury list Sunday, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Gordon took the field in full pads to kick of Sunday's session, the first indication he shed the NFI label. Considering the constraints placed upon him by his conditional reinstatement from suspension, it's unclear if Gordon is eligible to play in Thursday's preseason finale. In any case, he now has exactly two weeks to whip himself into game shape for the Patriots' Week 1 matchup with the Steelers.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Lance Kendricks: Suspended one game
Kendricks (undisclosed) will be suspended one game for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
This suspension comes on top of an injury Kendricks picked up during the team's preseason contest Thursday.Mike Reiss of ESPN.com suggested the veteran tight end was already on the roster bubble prior to Saturday's announcement, with Ben Watson, Matt LaCosse and Stephen Anderson all noticeably performing better than Kendricks at different points throughout training camp. He'll be eligible to play Week 2 against the Dolphins should he make the Patriots' 53-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Rex Burkhead: Sees limited action Thursday
Burkhead logged seven snaps on offense in Thursday's 10-3 preseason win over the Panthers. In the process, he ran twice for three yards and caught one pass for six yards
The numbers are much less important than the fact that Burkhead is healthy, considering that he dealt with a knee issue leading up to Week 1 of the 2018 season. As final cuts approach, Burkhead looks like a roster lock along with Sony Michel, James White, Damien Harris and Brandon Bolden. Though that's obviously a deep group, Burkhead remains a useful cog in the New England offense, thanks to his versatility. Volume figures to be an issue for him, however, as long as Michel (the starter) and White, the top change-of-pace back, are available.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Maurice Harris: Misses Thursday's game
Harris (lower leg) didn't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers, Nick O'Malley of Masslive.com reports.
Harris had his moments early on in training camp, but his injury, as well as the return to the field of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) have combined to dampen the notion that he could be an early-season fantasy sleeper. Additionally, Harris is not a roster lock at this point, with N'Keal Harry also on hand and both Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers making strong cases to secure spots.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Ryan Izzo: Making case to stick
Izzo logged 38 snaps in Thursday's 10-3 preseason win over the Panthers, en route to catching one of his two targets for 18 yards.
With Ben Watson suspended for the first four games of the regular season, Izzo -- who spent last season on IR -- is making a case to stick on the Patriots' 53-man roster in advance of Week 1. With that in mind, his single catch Thursday night was enough to support his case for the time being. Matt LaCosse and Lance Kendricks are also in the team's post-Rob Gronkowski tight end mix, but depending on who makes the cut, there could be some unexpected fantasy value to be found via his replacements early on.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Stephen Anderson: Exits game with injury
Anderson suffered an undisclosed injury during Thursday's 10-3 preseason win over the Panthers, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Anderson recorded one catch for three yards before exiting Thursday's game. He suffered an undisclosed injury on a blocking play in the first half, then returned to the sideline during the final two quarters without retaking the field. The nature and severity of his injury remain undisclosed, and if Anderson isn't able to resume practicing soon, he could find his chances of making the 53-man roster marginalized.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Gunner Olszewski: Clear of head injury
Olszewski was cleared of a concussion after Thursday's preseason game versus the Panthers, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.
Olszewksi suffered the head injury in Thursday's contest, but the issue was never expected to force him to miss any time. The 22-year-old should be good to go for the preseason finale against the Giants next week.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Damien Harris: Likely dodges serious injury
Harris (undisclosed) seems to have avoided a major injury, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.
The rookie third-round pick was helped off the field by New England's medical staff during the second quarter of Thursday's preseason win over the Panthers. Harris had two carries for eight yards prior to his exit, after picking up 103 scrimmage yards on 18 touches the previous week. He's made a nice case for some type of involvement in the Patriots offense, but it isn't quite clear how Harris fits in behind Sony Michel and James White. With Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden also on hand, the Patriots can afford to take a cautious approach with Harris if his injury turns out to be a bit more serious than this early report suggests.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Brandon King: Out with torn quad
King is likely out for the season after sustaining a torn left quadriceps in Thursday's preseason game over the Panthers, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
King was carted off the field Thursday and sees his 2019 season come to an early end. The Patriots will certainly feel the 26-year-old's absence on special teams.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Ben Watson: Dealing with concussion symptoms
Watson (suspension) entered the concussion protocol after Thursday's preseason win over Carolina, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
Watson didn't technically start Thursday's contest, but he drew both of his targets -- including a 10-yard reception -- while Tom Brady was still in the game. Already suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season, the 38-year-old tight end should have plenty of time to recover from his concussion. The Patriots have a slew of candidates to earn snaps at tight end in September, with Matt LaCosse (ankle) seemingly the best bet to draw targets.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Damien Harris: Forced out of Thursday's game
Harris, who needed assistance from the Patriots' medical staff to get off the field after suffering an unspecified injury with about five minutes left in the first half, did not return to Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers, Erik Scalavino of the team's official site reports.
Prior to his exit from the contest, Harris logged two carries for eight yards on his five snaps on offense. At this stage, it remains to be seen if the rookie's injury is anything that might threaten his Week 1 availability. When healthy, Harris is projected to work behind starter Sony Michel, but even in that context, the 2019 third-rounder has been on the sleeper radar, given his between-the-tackles running ability, as well as Michel's history of knee woes.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Lance Kendricks: Heads to locker room
Kendricks went to the locker room during Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers due to an unspecified injury, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.
Kendricks took a big hit during the exhibition, and he went to the locker room for further evaluation shortly after. The details surrounding his injury have yet to emerge.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Jakobi Meyers: Another strong outing
Meyers caught seven of 12 targets for 74 yards in Thursday night's 10-3 preseason win over the Panthers.
Meyers got work with New England's starting offense, but all three of his targets from Tom Brady resulted in incompletions. Additionally, a holding call on Meyers negated a 30-yard rush from tailback Sony Michel early on. Despite those shortcomings, Meyers overall put together a pretty good stat line, perhaps solidifying his spot on the regular season roster. With Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry (leg) overcoming minor ailments and Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) working toward full availability, Meyers' impressive preseason could land him some Week 1 value, assuming he indeed makes the team.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Gunner Olszewski: Dealing with head injury
Olszewski suffered a head injury during Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers but he's expected to play in the preseason finale against the Giants, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Olszewski was one of a few Patriots who suffered an injury in Thursday's exhibition, though he's unlikely to miss any game action. Assuming he's cleared to play, he'll have one more opportunity to prove he belongs on the 53-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Patriots' Phillip Dorsett: Good showing with starters
Dorsett caught all seven of his targets for 47 yards in Thursday night's 10-3 preseason win over the Panthers.
Dorsett's reception tally included five grabs on passes from Tom Brady, showing the signal-caller's confidence in him ahead of the regular season. Although Dorsett still currently projects as the fourth or fifth wideout on New England's depth chart when everyone's available, Thursday's showing should at least be reassuring, especially with Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry (leg) overcoming minor ailments and Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) still working their way back to full availability.... See More ... See Less
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