A key wide receiver on both the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams is listed on the injury report, as Pats star wideout Brandon Lloyd is listed questionable and Rams rising receiver Brandon Gibson is listed probable on the team’s injury report. With Danny Amendola highly doubtful for tomorrow’s game, Gibson is going to be the main weapon in the Rams passing attack.
In the absence of Amendola, Gibson has thrived with 12 catches for 151 receiving yards in two games since that Week 5 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Last season, the 25-year-old hauled in 36 passes for 431 yards in his third season in the league. As a rookie, he caught 34 passes before catching a career-high 53 in 2010. He is currently on pace for 57 catches and 765 receiving yards this season.
Gibson is listed probable with an illness and will almost certainly play, especially since he is the only consistent pass-catcher on this team. Chris Givens has great speed and can burn unaware secondaries, but he is a terrible route-runner and struggles to be consistent. Rookie Brian Quick is one for the future.
Brandon Lloyd is listed questionable with a knee injury, but he was able to practice every day this week (even if limited) and will most likely be good to go on Sunday against a tough St. Louis Rams secondary.
Elsewhere in the AFC East, New York Jets star defensive tackle Sione Pouha is expected to play against the rival Miami Dolphins despite only being limited in Friday’s practice. Pouha was not able to play against the New England Patriots, and the once solid Jets run defense has struggled without their star run-stopper and fellow DT Kendrick Ellis (out for the long haul).
Last week, Pouha was listed “doubtful” against New England before being ruled out. Even though he was unable to play, the Jets run defense still did a great job stopping Stevan Ridley and Danny Woodhead. It’s just that Shane Vereen put in an explosive effort to sour the Jets defensive efforts against the run.
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