The New England Patriots began their preparation for the Cleveland Browns today, holding their first practice since Sunday’s 34-31 win over the Texans.
Brandon Spikes, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Marcus Cannon were the four players missing from practice, all because of injuries that they are currently dealing with (save for Spikes). Dobson missed last week’s game with a foot injury, and his replacement, Kenbrell Thompkins, injured his hip, causing him to miss the majority of that contest. Right tackle Marcus Cannon suffered an ankle injury early in the Pats impressive 24 point comeback win over the Broncos, and he hasn’t seen the field since. However Will Svitek has filled in admirably for him, standing out to me as a big positive over the last two weeks. As I previously mentioned, linebacker Brandon Spikes’ absence was not injury related, this being reported by Nick Underhill of Masslive.com. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui returned to practice today, for the first time since injuring his knee in week 11 versus the Carolina Panthers.
The Patriots are currently 9-3, and in perfect position to make the playoffs yet again. All four of the missing players are important to the success of New England, and I believe that Bill Belichick wants to make sure that they are healthy, for the upcoming playoff run.