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Brandon Lloyd and Joe McKnight Injury Updates


New  England Patriots star wide receiver Brandon Lloyd made one of the greatest catches you will see all season last Sunday against the Seattle Seahwaks, regardless of whether it counted or not. It also costed him, as Lloyd bruised his shoulder but was able to return for the last two snaps of the game. That caveat alone should clue you in to Lloyd’s projected status next week, but there is always concern when a key offensive player gets injured.

Early indications were that Lloyd would definitely be ready for next week’s game against the New York Jets, and that seems even more likely as The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe tweeted that Lloyd is feeling “fine”. He’s going to be ready to battle it out against Jets CB Antonio Cromartie, who has been one of the best lockdown corners in the league this season.

The news on Jets running back Joe McKnight isn’t so good. The team is hoping that No. 2 back Bilal Powell will be ready to play in Week 8 against another division rival in the Miami Dolphins, and the Jets will be without both players against the Patriots. Thus, putting more pressure on Shonn Greene and making it seem like the Jets rushing offense will be non-existent against the Pats staunch run defense, unless if Rex Ryan is willing to utilize wildcat packages with Tim Tebow (he honestly should, but that’s another matter entirely).

McKnight will not be practicing this week with a high-ankle sprain, which means that Jonathan Grimes is the guy at the No. 2 back for the game against New England. A UDFA, he could have an impact like Brandon Bolden, but that is extremely doubtful. It looks like the Pats can key in on Mark Sanchez and the passing offense, that is, unless if Ryan decides to use Tebow.

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