|Offense||1st||120.6 (9th)||292.6 (1st)|
|Defense||30th||120.8 (24th)||254.9 (29th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||5||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||9||Texas Tech|
|88||Bennett, Martellus||TE||6-6||275||3/10/1987||10||Texas A&M|
|38||Bolden, Brandon||RB||5-11||220||1/26/1990||6||Ole Miss|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||4||West Alabama|
|14||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||4||Oregon State|
|13||Dorsett, Phillip||WR||5-10||185||1/5/1993||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|66||Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||1||Ohio State|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||CB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||6||South Carolina|
|93||Guy, Lawrence||DE||6-4||305||3/17/1990||7||Arizona State|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||5||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|2||Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||9||Michigan State|
|48||Langi, Harvey||LB||6-2||252||9/24/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|55||Lee, Eric||DE||6-3||260||8/6/1994||1||South Florida|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||3||Georgia Tech|
|58||McClellin, Shea||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||6||Boise State|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-5||305||11/18/1992||2||NC State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||243||3/26/1991||4||Brigham Young|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||5||Texas Tech|
|43||Ebner, Nate (IR)||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||6||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian (IR)||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||9||Kent State|
|54||Hightower, Dont'a (IR)||MLB||6-3||265||3/12/1990||6||Alabama|
|41||Jones, Cyrus (IR)||CB||5-10||200||11/29/1993||2||Alabama|
|64||Kidder, Caleb (IR)||DE||6-5||269||2/4/1994||R||Montana|
|19||Mitchell, Malcolm (IR)||WR||6-1||200||7/20/1992||2||Georgia|
|95||Rivers, Derek (IR)||DE||6-5||250||5/9/1994||R||Youngstown State|
|99||Valentine, Vincent (IR)||NT||6-3||320||2/23/1994||2||Nebraska|
|Hardison, Marcus||DT||6-3||310||2/14/1992||3||Arizona State|
|Tye, Will||TE||6-2||256||11/4/1991||3||Stony Brook|
|Wiltz, Jomal||CB||5-10||180||10/23/1994||R||Iowa State|
Solder had been dealing with an undisclosed ailment for several days, but his absence from the injury report seems to confirm it's now behind him. The seven-year vet is expected to anchor the offensive line in Thursday's season opener.
Hightower underwent season-ending pectoral surgery nearly two weeks ago and now officially has been placed on injured reserve. Without both Hightower and fellow linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion), the Patriots will have to rely on their depth at the position for the remainder of the season, starting with David Harris and Marquis Flowers.
Rowe has missed the Patriots' last six games due to his groin injury. He was limited in practice throughout the week, which suggests he could be nearing a return. Look for Johnson Bademosi and Jonathan Jones to fill in for Rowe once again.
Despite the high snap count, Cooks had a quiet day (two catches on three targets for 17 yards and one carry for five yards), as the Patriots' triumph was largely fueled by the team's versatile backfield. Future game plans will no doubt feature Cooks more prominently, as a deep threat, and he could well bounce back next Monday versus a Dolphins defense that he caught six passes for 83 yards and a TD against in Week 12.
Van Noy did not participate in practice this week so the move is hardly surprising. Marquis Flowers (knee) is also listed a questionable, which could leave the Patriots shuffling pieces around in their linebacker corps.
Gostkowski, who made a 50-yard attempt Sunday, now has 122 points over the course of 12 games. Heading into next Monday's game against the Dolphins, he's poised to surpass his 2016 season total of 127 points, with four more regular-season games on tap for the Patriots.
While Eric Rowe (groin) has sat out, Jones has had ample opportunities to prove his worth, one season removed from making the team as an undrafted rookie. The Auburn product has 14 solo tackles over the last two games now, and if Rowe misses another matchup against the Bills in Week 13, Jones will have another chance for a high-caliber performance.
Lewis was added to the injury report Friday when he missed practice with an illness, but his return as a limited participant Saturday put him on track to avoid an absence. Despite being listed as questionable on the final injury report, he should be fine to continue as New England's lead back against a Miami defense that's allowing 4.3 yards per carry and 116.5 rushing yards per game. With Rex Burkhead and James White also available, Mike Gillislee (illness) likely will be inactive even if he's healthy enough to play. Final word on Lewis' availability will come through around 7:00 p.m. ET when the Patriots release their inactive list.
Tye gives the Patriots some added tight end depth behind Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister. The 25-yeard-old, who caught 48 passes for 395 yards and a TD for the Giants last season, started the 2017 campaign with the Jets, but was waived earlier this month after catching three passes for 48 yards in three contests with the team.
Gronkowski will thus miss Monday's game against the Dolphins and is eligible to return to action in Week 15 against the Steelers. Dwayne Allen is set to start at tight end for the Patriots this weekend, with Jacob Hollister on hand in a reserve role.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
Reilly, who missed Sunday's win over the Bills, has passed concussion protocol testing as he took the field with no restrictions Thursday. The linebacker should now be cleared for Monday night's showdown with the Dolphins.
Ebner sustained the injury on a fake punt attempt in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. The 28-year-old has primarily served as a special teams player during his time with the Patriots.
McCourty was the only Patriots defender to play every defensive snap and also tallied five tackles (four solo). The 30-year-old is a reliable every-down safety who leads New England with 47 tackles (41 solo) this season.
Less than fourth months removed from suffering the injury, Edelman suggested that he's making good progress but still doesn't have an approximate timeline. He tore his ACL in the third week of the preseason, giving him more than a full year to recover before Week 1 of 2018. Of course, he'll turn 32 in May and already has an extensive history of serious injuries, though his knees hadn't really been a problem prior to the current situation. Edelman's team-friendly contract should ensure that the Patriots give him every shot to reclaim his status as one of Tom Brady's favorite targets.
Valentine practiced on a limited basis Thursday but sat out Wednesday and Friday's sessions, so this isn't a major surprise. Undrafted rookie Adam Butler could see an enhanced role with Valentine missing his second consecutive game to start the season.
Bolden is clearly behind Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis in the Patriots' backfield pecking order, but his special teams prowess should lead to him being on the team's active roster on most weeks.
Chung was limited in practice Thursday and Friday, but his injury doesn't appear severe enough to sideline him. Though it isn't clear if he's 100 percent, he'll be expected to start and see his typical role on the defense.
Bademosi has made his bones in the NFL as a special-teams ace, culminating in a career-high 27 tackles and one fumble recovery last season. With the move from Cleveland to Detroit, the opportunity may exist for Bademosi to play a role in a rejiggered secondary, but containment on kick and punt returns will again be on the docket.
It looks as though Harmon has fully recovered from the knee injury that been plaguing him for quite some time. Harmon projects to serve as a backup safety for New England this season after accruing 29 stops and an interception in 16 appearances in 2016.
Albeit in a limited capacity, Gilmore was able to practice each day this week. That he did indicates he'll likely to ready for Monday's game, bolstering New England's recently improved pass defense.
Langi's season is officially over, but the good news is that he and his wife were able to exit the hospital earlier this week. The 25-year-old primarily served as a special teams player for the Patriots this season.
Waddle injured his ankle in last week's game against Miami and wasn't able to register more than a limited participation in practice this week. Look for Cameron Fleming to see a spot start in Waddle's absence.
Per Reiss, a source close to the wideout said Mitchell is "getting better, for sure," an encouraging development after a report about a month earlier suggested it was unlikely he would be under consideration for an activation from IR. Though Mitchell is improving, it's still unclear just how close he might be to resuming practicing, but the evaluation later this week should shed more light on his health. Mitchell's potential late-season return would be a boon to a Patriots receiving corps that has played without No. 2 wideout Chris Hogan (shoulder) the last two games.
Gillislee was a new addition to the injury report and was unable to practice Saturday. The 27-year-old has been a healthy scratch each of the last four weeks, and currently remains the odd man out in the New England backfield regardless of if he is healthy enough to play Monday.
Slater was a limited participant in practice this week to earn the questionable designation. The 31-year-old has missed three consecutive games but will hope to return to his role as special teams ace for the Patriots against the Dolphins.
The 2017 fourth-round pick is competing for a backup role at defensive end, so it's a good sign that he'll have two more preseason games to earn his keep.
Burkhead once again vultured a pair of red-zone rushing opportunities from Dion Lewis, going in from one and 14 yards out in the third quarter. The versatile tailback has three rushing scores over the past two games and has seen double-digit carries in each of those contests, with Lewis mirroring the latter tally. The nearly equal workload for both backs at least provides some clarity to the typically muddled Patriots backfield and keeps Burkhead as a viable option in season-long postseason battles and in daily formats.
Freeny, who previously appeared in 18 regular-season contests with the Patriots over the past two seasons before being released in September, will offer the team some experienced depth at outside linebacker, an area of need with Kyle Van Noy (calf) and Trevor Reilly (concussion) uncertain to play Sunday against the Dophins. With the Patriots needing to clear a roster spot next week once tight end Rob Gronkowski completes a one-game suspension, Freeny could be sent back to the free-agent pool in the near future.
There was some optimism that Fleming might be ready to play after returning to practice Tuesday, but instead he will not dress against the Chiefs. Regardless, the former fourth-round pick now has plenty of time to be ready for Week 2.
With Branch not appearing on the team's injury report Thursday, he is considered a healthy scratch, which doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the tackle has seen his playing time decline this season. Branch re-signed with the Patriots for $12 million over two years this offseason, but so far, he's been unable to perform to last season's level.
With the team having traded Jacoby Brissett to the Colts prior to the start of the season and Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers earlier this week, the Patriots had a pressing need for a backup quarterback heading into their Week 9 bye. Hoyer, who played for New England from 2009 to 2011, brings familiarity with the organization -- as well as NFL starting experience -- to the table, thus giving the Patriots a viable insurance option in the event of an injury to starter Tom Brady. Moreover, the duration of the 32-year-old's deal creates a scenario that could possibly lead to the franchise drafting a young quarterback this spring to develop behind Brady.
Butler played 66 of 67 possible snaps Sunday, which has been the motto all season. With a Week 14 matchup against the Dolphins, Butler has a chance for another solid matchup since Miami is ranked 10th in pass attempts this season.
Because Trey Flowers (ribs) sat out Sunday, Lee was able to play 57 snaps (85 percent) and post his best stat line yet. The second-year pro now has 2.5 sacks in the last two games, even though it was mostly in Flowers' absence, so fantasy owners should keep an eye on Flowers' recovery to see if Lee could be a dark horse IDP asset again.
Jones suffered the non-contact injury in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, and the 2016 second-round pick will have to sit out his second NFL season. He was likely going to play a role as a return man and on special teams coverage this season.
Brown was limited in practice for the second straight week, but, unlike last week, he'll give it a go this time around. It's unclear if he'll start or if he'll be limited at all in his first game back since suffering the injury in Week 7.
His absence from the report hints that he'll be available for Thursday's season opener. Whether he plays is a different story, however.
Dorsett averaged 42 snaps per game during Hogan's four-week absence, after falling between eight and 20 snaps in each of the previous six contests. With Danny Amendola locked in as the slot man, Hogan's return pushes Dorsett all the way back from the No. 2 role to the No. 4 spot. Dorsett was unable to take advantage of Hogan's injury from a statistical standpoint, catching only three passes for 59 yards during the four-game stretch. The Patriots may use more four-wide sets than usual in Monday's game while trying to cope with the absence of Rob Gronkowski (suspension).
Ferris was waived with a non-football injury designation after spending the majority of last season on the team's practice squad. The Patriots now have an open roster spot with training camp just around the corner.
Grissom was cut by the Patriots in the start of November and rejoins a teams still dealing with injuries on the defensive line. Trey Flowers (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills, so this could be the 25-year-old's best opportunity to make an impact defensively.
Flowers was a limited participant in practice this week, so it would seem as though he is on track to play after battling through the injury in Week 13. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf) has already been ruled out, creating a major opportunity for Flowers should he be able to suit up against the Dolphins.
Guy has worked his way into a couple productive seasons the last two years with the Ravens. He posted his best campaign in 2015, recording 46 tackles (29 solo) and 4.5 sacks in that season. Entering his seventh season, the 26-year-old will likely reprise that role when the team employs its 3-4 scheme in 2017.
The second-year pro had never posted a sack before Sunday, so this performance shouldn't be counted on. Roberts played just 34 of 61 possible defensive snaps, though, which makes it tough for him to be a weekly asset.
Cannon did not practice again this week and has no available timetable for his return. Cameron Fleming should continue to fill in at right tackle for the Patriots.
This was the first full sack Harris has recorded since the 2015 season. Although he's listed as the top middle linebacker, Harris logged just 25 defensive snaps (37 percent). It was a decent showing for Harris, but until he can play a full workload, it'll be tough to become a top IDP threat.
Hogan was a limited practice participant throughout the week, with an array of sources confirming that he's expected to return from a four-game absence to take on the Dolphins. A slight decrease from his usual snap count wouldn't be a big deal, given that he's reached the 90-percent threshold in five of eight games this season. That's especially true in the absence of Rob Gronkowski, who leads the Patriots with 16 red-zone targets but is suspended for Monday's game. Despite missing the past four games, Hogan ranks second on the team in red-zone targets (11) and is actually tied with Gronk for the most looks from inside the 10-yard line (seven). Hogan's status should be confirmed when the Patriots release their inactive list at approximately 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday.
Develin played in 30 percent of New England's offensive snaps in 2016, recording three receptions for 18 yards. He's primarily a blocker and a special teams player who shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy value in 2017, though his return is a boost for the rest of the Patriots' running game.
Rivers suffered the injuries covering a kickoff in Wednesday's practice. The rookie defensive end will seek a second opinion before committing to surgery, but it looks as though his season is over.
Grigsby was a member of the Ravens' practice squad but will now head to New England as the Patriots look to bolster a beat up linebacking corps. Grigsby spent the preseason with the Rams before being cut prior to the beginning of the regular season.
Although he's listed as questionable, Flowers was able to practice all week, which indicates he might be able to return to the field Monday. He's one of the team's top defenders and a versatile disruptor in the front seven.
Allen played a season-high 50 snaps (68 percent) when Gronkowski sat out with an injury in Week 5 against Tampa Bay, but the former Colt still didn't draw any targets, which marked his fourth of seven consecutive games without a single opportunity in the passing game. Allen has been a bit more active the past four weeks with five catches for 40 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, and the Patriots may not have any choice but to get him more involved if they're missing both Gronkowski and Chris Hogan (shoulder) for Monday Night Football in Week 14. Regardless, the Patriots likely will use multiple players to account for Gronkowski's usual targets (7.8 per game).
Jelks dealt with knee injuries that kept him off the field for parts of both of his final two seasons at Vanderbilt. The offensive tackle's health issues will only further hurt his case for winning a roster spot.
Despite entering his third season in the league, Hardison is yet to see the field in a regular-season game. However, now that he's back to full strength, the former fourth-rounder could work his way into the Bengals' defensive line rotation ahead of the 2017 campaign after the release of incumbent starter Domata Peko.
The report notes that White's snap count has increased (11, 17, 18, 28) in each of the Patriots' past four games, and on Sunday, he got back into the passing game a little more, catching four of six targets for 32 yards, while also carrying five times for 18 yards. Still, Dion Lewis (15 carries) and Rex Burkhead (12 carries, three catches) were featured more preliminarily in the team's Week 13 attack. White's usage going forward figures to hinge on game-flow or in-contest adjustments, which makes him a fantasy dart in PPR formats.
Brady and the Patriots actually opted for him to receive injury treatment rather than practice Saturday, but avoiding the questionable tag should quell most concerns. The veteran signal caller has played through the injury the last few weeks and is primed to continue that against the Dolphins in Week 14.
Reedy was signed to the team's practice squad in late November and apparently impressed in his brief time in New England. The 25-year-old is unlikely to see a significant role offensively right off the bat, but will most likely see opportunities on special teams, perhaps even in the return game.
Bennett was released by the Packers in early November amid an alleged disagreement about how to deal with his shoulder injury. He seemingly wanted to have surgery, but then put it off once he was released and had the option of rejoining the Patriots. A subsequent hamstring injury will end Bennett's season after just two appearances in a New England uniform, and he'll presumably now have the surgery on his shoulder. He'll turn 31 in March and has already dropped hints that this could be his final season in the NFL. Dwayne Allen reclaims his role as the Patriots' No. 2 tight end.
Hollister hauled in his only target Sunday for 13 yards, upping his season-long total to three catches for 37 yards. He remains off the fantasy radar in his role as the Patriots' third-string tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.
Amendola has a mixed track record over the years without Gronkowski in the lineup, but the veteran slot receiver did come up big when his teammate missed Week 4 against the Bucs, catching all eight of his targets for 77 yards while logging a season-high snap share of 74 percent. On the other hand, Amendola was essentially invisible last season until the Super Bowl, even though Gronkowski missed the second half of the year. With Chris Hogan (shoulder) potentially returning and the Patriots boasting a strong rushing attack, Amendola makes for a risky Week 14 start.
The linebacker was eligible to return from IR this week, but the setback now puts McClellin's season in jeopardy. It looks like the Patriots will remain as cautious as possible with McClellin given how long his recovery from the concussion has dragged on, so look for the team to instead use its two available slots to activate players from IR elsewhere.