The New England Patriots released their official Friday injury report today, and no players were ruled out prior to the weekend, which is a good sign. The only player who missed practice on Friday was Logan Mankins, and he is the only player listed doubtful on the Patriots injury report. Mankins will likely be ruled out at some point, and I would be very surprised if he plays against the Indianapolis Colts after injuring his ankle early on against the Buffalo Bills last week.
Mankins is listed on the injury report with both ankle and calf injuries, but the Patriots should be fine without him, as weird as that is to say. Donald Thomas has stepped up in such a big way this season when Mankins has been out before, and Thomas has been the best backup guard in the league this year. The Pats already took care of the depth at the position by picking up Mitch Petrus, and Dan Connolly, who was also injured last week against the Bills, returned to practice today.
Connolly injured his back against the Bills and is one of 16 players to be listed questionable on the Pats. Three others are listed probable, giving the team a grand total of 20 players listed on the injury report. And I thought having 14 listed questionable last week was a large number.
The majority of those players on the injury report due to some mind games from Bill Belichick, but players like Connolly and Patrick Chung have a legitimate chance at missing the Colts game.
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