Let’s take a look at one player on the New England Patriots listed questionable, as well as another player listed questionable on the Houston Texans injury report heading into tomorrow’s game. Chandler Jones of the Patriots and Garrett Graham of the Texans are expected to play in this game, with Jones being the more likely- and important- play.
Jones injured his ankle a couple of weeks ago against the Indianapolis Colts, and his absence was a big loss for the Patriots run defense. With Jermaine Cunningham out on a suspension, the depth was tested last week. Trevor Scott is a good pass rusher, but man did he struggle in run defense at times against the Miami Dolphins.
The rookie DE has made a huge impact this season, and he is adamant that he will play. Jones is going up against a very difficult matchup in elite LT Duane Brown, but he should still be able to be a force against the run against Arian Foster.
Texans tight end Garrett Graham was injured last week against the rival Tennessee Titans on a helmet-to-helmet hit, and he actually sustained a concussion on that play. It’s no surprise that Graham is listed questionable, but it is more likely that he will play than not. Graham had a big game against the Jacksonville Jaguars a few weeks ago in which he caught eight passes for 82 yards. Two of those receptions ended up going for touchdowns.
The Texans don’t exactly need Graham to play, but he’s another weapon for Matt Schaub that the Patriots would have to account for.
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