New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th117.0 (7th)269.2 (4th)
Defense8th88.6 (3rd)237.9 (12th)

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Patriots' Derek Rivers: Injures leg, leaves practice early
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rivers injured his left leg while covering a kickoff Wednesday, The Boston Herald reports.

Rivers remained on the ground for a couple of minutes and appeared to be in significant pain. Early tests on his knee and the back of his leg were positive, however, and Rivers was able to leave the field under his own power and with no visible limp. Further tests will be conducted to confirm the precise nature and severity of his injury, but the Patriots are optimistic that he avoided a significant setback.

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Patriots' Keionta Davis: Yet to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Davis has yet to practice since signing with the Patriots due to the bulging disk that slid him off draft boards, Doug Kyed of New England Sports Network reports.

Davis is a potential steal for New England after he signed with the team earlier this week. However, the talented pass rusher has yet to practice with the team. Since he suffered his injury outside of football activities and hasn't practiced, the team can still place him on the Non-Football Injury list, which would keep him on the squad while also opening up a roster spot. At this point he's without a timetable for practice, but it wouldn't be surprising if he began the regular season on the NFI list.

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Patriots' Rex Burkhead: Carving out role in backfield
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With Mike Gillislee (hamstring) still sidelined, Burkhead logged the majority of rushing reps on hand-offs with the Patriots' first-team offense Monday, the Boston Herald reports.

Once Gillislee returns to the field, he'll look to secure a role as the team's early-down/short-yardage back, but Burkhead's versatility looks like a good fit for a rushing attack that has been crafted to be less predictable than it was last season, when top "big back" LeGarrette Blount seldom contributed in the passing game. Though we like Burkhead as late-round flyer, the likelihood that Gillislee earns the bulk of the team's short-yardage work out of the gate, coupled with the presence of pass-catching stalwarts James White and Dion Lewis, clouds Burkhead's initial path to consistent touches. Given the Patriots' tendency to divide weekly carries in a game-plan-specific manner, it wouldn't surprise us to see Burkhead engineer some fantasy-worthy production in 2017, but as long as the team's key backfield cogs are all healthy, such production figures to be a hit-or-miss.

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Patriots' Mike Gillislee: Remains sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gillislee continues to miss practice due to a hamstring issue, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Gillislee, who sat out the Patriots' preseason opener, thus looks unlikely to suit up for Saturday's game against the Texans. Once healthy, Gillislee will re-enter the Patriots' backfield mix, where he'll face competition from fellow offseason acquisition Rex Burkhead, as well as pass-catching aces James White and Dion Lewis. It's a deep and versatile positional group, but Gillislee appears best-equipped to absorb the the greatest share of the short-yardage duties dominated last year by LeGarrette Blount.

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Patriots' Matthew Slater: Sidelined Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Slater was held out of Monday's practice with a hamstring injury, Doug Kyed of reports.

The severity of Slater's injury isn't known. Slater is listed as a wide receiver on the depth chart, but he hasn't caught a regular-season pass since 2011 and instead earns his spot on the Patriots' roster due to his standout play on special teams.

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