Not only has No. 2 running back Shane Vereen been ruled out, but the New England Patriots have also ruled cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and utility offensive lineman Nick McDonald out for the Pats battle against the Tennessee Titans today.
Neither were expected to play, as Dennard missed a huge chunk of training camp with a hamstring injury before playing the final preseason game against the New York Giants. At this point, Dennard is a reserve cornerback so the loss isn’t significant and it’s best to have him rest that hamstring.
McDonald’s injury is also not significant, but he could have played some snaps. The versatile offensive lineman can line up at any position on the line and is something of a utility backup at the center and guard positions. While the starters on the interior are set, McDonald could have received some snaps to give a starter some rest. Instead, guard Donald Thomas will be the primary backup for the Pats in this one.
On Thursday, McDonald was able to practice but was still downgraded for questionable to “out” due to his shoulder injury. That is the most prudent move at this point, as McDonald was out for two weeks with that injury at one point.
But yeah, nobody would ever guess that McDonald and Dennard would be out for today’s game (sarcasm).
One more thing, the Titans named Jake Locker one of their captains.
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