New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense25th97.7 (20th)202.3 (26th)
Defense29th143.3 (30th)263.0 (24th)
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
09/23/18RBRex BurkheadNeckQUESTIONABLEBurkhead is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Lions due to a neck injury.

Burkhead exited the game in the third quarter without seeing a carry, though he did contribute two receptions for 26 yards through the air. In his absence, Sony Michel will continue to handle the majority of between-the-tackles work while James White steps in on passing downs.

(Updated 09/23/2018)
09/23/18DBPatrick ChungConcussionOUTChung (concussion) is out for Sunday's matchup against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of reports.

Chung suffered a concussion during last week's loss to the Jaguars and was a non-participant in practice this week. As expected, he failed to pass protocol and will miss Sunday's game, which should prompt Duron Harmon to fill in at strong safety.

(Updated 09/22/2018)
09/23/18DLTrey FlowersConcussionOUTFlowers (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of reports.

Flowers suffered a concussion during the Patriots' Week 2 loss to the Jaguars. While he's unavailable, Deatrich Wise and Derek Rivers should see expanded roles.

(Updated 09/22/2018)
09/23/18TEJacob HollisterChestOUTHollister (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Lions.

Hollister caught all three of his targets for 35 yards in Week 2's loss to the Jaguars, but he was added to the Patriots' injury report Friday and subsequently ruled out. His absence could free up some looks for fellow tight end Dwayne Allen, but Rob Gronkowski remains the Patriots' top option at the position.

(Updated 09/21/2018)
09/23/18DBEric RoweGroinOUTRowe (groin) is out for Sunday's matchup against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of reports.

Rowe, who dealt with a groin injury last season, practiced in limited fashion throughout this week. There was some hope he would be able to take the field against the Lions, but with him being ruled out, Jonathan Jones and Jason McCourty could see expanded roles.

(Updated 09/22/2018)
09/06/18TEWill TyeUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEThe Patriots waived Tye (undisclosed) off injured reserve with an injury settlement Thursday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Tye cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve at the start of September. The 26-year-old had 90 receptions for 859 yards in his first two years with the Giants, but he's been unable to find any footing with the Jets and Patriots over the last two seasons.

(Updated 09/07/2018)
07/09/18WRJulian EdelmanSuspensionSUSPENDEdelman, who is slated to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, relayed Tuesday that his surgically repaired knee continues to improve, reports. "It's definitely feeling better and better," Edelman noted. "That's for sure. There's still things you have days where it's like, oh, this is tired. This. That. Our training staff has been working hard. They've been on top of it, and just doing all the little stuff, little exercises to keep stuff strengthened, this, that. It's been a grind."

It's been just over a year since Edelman tore his ACL in the Patriots' third preseason game in 2017 and while his suspension is obviously not a desirable outcome, it does afford the 32-year-old PPR stalwart added healing/prep time in advance of his scheduled return to regular-season action in Week 5. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Edelman is preparing to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants for some final tune-up work before his suspension kicks in this weekend. In Edelman's early season absence, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson are in line to head the team's wideout corps.

(Updated 08/28/2018)