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AFC East Standings

Team Div Overall
2-0-0 3-1-0
0-1-0 3-1-0
0-0-0 2-2-0
0-1-0 1-3-0

Top Patriots News

  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Returns to limited practice

    Smith (ankle) was limited at practice Thursday.

    After missing Wednesday's practice, Smith upgraded to limited participation Thursday, signalling that he has a chance to suit up Sunday against the Lions. If he does, Smith would continue to work in a tight end timeshare with Hunter Henry in Week 5.

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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Remains limited at practice

    Jones (ankle) remained limited at practice Thursday.

    Back-to-back limited sessions offer hope that Jones could possibly start Sunday's game against the Lions, but at this stage such an outcome is far from a lock, with Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald noting earlier Thursday that Jones still was walking with a limp during practice due to his sprained left ankle. With Brian Hoyer (concussion) on IR, Bailey Zappe now profiles as the Patriots' No. 2 QB and would fill in as the team's starter this weekend if Jones is unavailable to play.

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  • Patriots' Brian Hoyer: Headed to IR

    The Patriots have placed Hoyer (concussion) on IR, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

    Now that Hoyer is slated to miss the next four games, the Patriots approach Week 5 action with Mac Jones iffy with an ankle injury, with Bailey Zappe thus in line to start at QB in Jones' place if he's unavailable Sunday versus the Lions. Meanwhile, Garrett Gilbert is a candidate to be elevated from the team's practice squad in advance of the contest.

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  • Patriots' Brian Hoyer: Not practicing Thursday

    Hoyer (concussion) remained sidelined during Thursday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

    Mac Jones (ankle), who was limited Wednesday, was present for Thursday's practice, but his status for Sunday's game against the Lions has yet to be cemented. Friday's injury report will reveal whether Jones and/or Hoyer will head into the weekend with a chance to play Week 5, but if neither are available rookie Bailey Zappe would be in line to fill in as the Patriots' starting QB versus Detroit.

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  • Patriots' Jonnu Smith: Spotted at practice Thursday

    Smith (ankle) was present for Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday's session, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

    Thursday's injury report will clarify the tight end's participation level, but his return to the field suggests that he has a chance to suit up this weekend against the Lions. Four games into the 2022 season, Jones has caught seven of his 11 targets for 58 yards while working in a timeshare with Hunter Henry.

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  • Patriots' Raekwon McMillan: Limited in practice Wednesday

    McMillan (thumb) was listed as a limited participant on the Patriots' injury report Wednesday.

    McMillan was listed as questionable for Sunday's loss to Green bay after sitting out the previous game due to a thumb injury, but he was ultimately able to suit up and play 16 special-teams snaps in Week 4. The 26-year-old has yet to record a statistic after tallying five tackles over 41 defensive snaps in the season opener, and he'll slot into a primary reserve role behind inside linebackers Mack Wilson and Ja'Whaun Bentley when healthy.

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  • Patriots' Joshuah Bledsoe: Clears injury report Wednesday

    Bledsoe (groin) was not listed on the Patriots' injury report Wednesday.

    Bledsoe fully participated in New England's first practice of the week after being ruled inactive ahead of last Sunday's loss to Green Bay. The second-year safety made his professional debut in Week 3, playing just five defensive snaps. Bledsoe could see increased usage against Detroit this Sunday if safeties Kyle Dugger (knee) and Adrian Phillips (ribs) are unable to suit up.

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  • Patriots' Jakobi Meyers: Remains limited at practice

    Meyers (knee) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

    Meyers was also limited in practices throughout the past week before missing a second straight game in Sunday's overtime loss to the Packers. At this stage, it's unclear if he'll be available for this weekend's game against the Lions. If Meyers is cleared to suit up, he may be catching from a different quarterback, as Mac Jones (ankle) could miss a second straight game, and veteran backup Brian Hoyer is still in the concussion protocol after exiting early Week 4. Rookie Bailey Zappe would be in line to make his first NFL start if neither Jones nor Hoyer is available.

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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Returns to limited practice

    Jones (ankle) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

    The limited activity represents a step in the right direction for Jones after he didn't practice at all last week before sitting out the Patriots' loss to the Packers this past Sunday. While Jones was able to participate Wednesday in what Mike Reiss of ESPN.com described as a scaled-back practice, Brian Hoyer (concussion) was sidelined for the session. For now, it's still unclear if Jones will be able to play this weekend against Detroit, and if neither he or Hoyer are available, Bailey Zappe would be in line to start against Detroit.

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  • Patriots' Lawrence Guy: Unable to practice

    Guy (shoulder) was a DNP during practice Wednesday.

    Guy left Week 3's loss to the Ravens early and then was unable to suit up in Week 4 against the Packers. If he's going to play Sunday against the Lions, he'll likely need to hit the practice field at least once before the contest.

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  • Patriots' Tyquan Thornton: Cleared to practice

    The Patriots designated Thornton (collarbone) to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

    The transaction opens a 21-day window for the rookie to practice with the team before New England would have to add him to the active roster or keep him on IR for the remainder of the season. He can return as soon as Sunday's game against the Lions if he's deemed healthy, but Thornton likely will start off in a part-time role when he first joins the New England offense.

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  • Patriots' Brian Hoyer: Not practicing Wednesday

    Hoyer (concussion) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

    Fellow quarterback Mac Jones (ankle) was present for the session, but it's unclear if he'll be available for Sunday's game against the Lions. Meanwhile, Hoyer's status for the contest is also uncertain, and if neither of New England's top signal-callers are available this weekend, rookie Bailey Zappe would draw the start against Detroit.

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  • Patriots' Mac Jones: Takes field Wednesday

    Jones (ankle) was present on the field during the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

    Per Reiss, Jones, who is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, "had more zip on the ball, and stepped into throws more than he did last Friday." The Patriots will release their first Week 5 injury report later Wednesday, which will reveal the extent of Jones' participation. At this stage, Jones' status for this weekend's game against the Lions is unclear, as is the case with fellow signal-caller Brian Hoyer (concussion), who wasn't on the field Wednesday.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 128.5
(10th)
230.5
(21st)
341.3
(19th)
Def. 135.8
(26th)
226.8
(12th)
346.8
(19th)

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Meyers WR Jakobi Meyers WR Knee
M. Jones QB Mac Jones QB Ankle
K. Dugger SS Kyle Dugger SS Knee
A. Phillips DB Adrian Phillips DB Ribs
T. Thornton WR Tyquan Thornton WR Collarbone

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