Fletcher Ruled Out, Dowling Doubtful vs Steelers

The Patriots have ruled LB Dane Fletcher out for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. CB Ras-I Dowling is doubtful after missing two days of practice. His likely absence is magnified with Leigh Bodden no longer on the team. The Steelers are a little worse for ware, with LB James Harrison, OT Chris Hoke, G Doug Legursky, and LB Jason Worilds all out for the game. WR Hines Ward is questionable for the game, though a report on NFL.com says that Ward is “unlikely” to play.

Here’s the full injury report:


  • LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
  • CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
Limited Participation
  • S Josh Barrett (thumb)
  • RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
  • DL Albert Haynesworth (back)
  • LB Jerod Mayo (knee)
  • OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
Steelers Injury Report


Out: LB James Harrison (eye); T Chris Hoke (neck); G Doug Legursky (toe); LB Jason Worilds (quad)


Questionable: LB James Farrior (calf); WR Hines Ward


Topics: Injury Report, New England Patriots, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

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