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Jabaal Sheard, Marcus Cannon, and Tre’ Jackson missed the New England Patriots’ final practice of the week today, which, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, finished up an entire week of missed practice for the trio. This likely means the Pats will be without all three of them for Sunday’s game.
The New England Patriots are holding their final practice of the week Friday, and defensive end Jabaal Sheard (ankle), offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (toe) and guard Tre’ Jackson (left knee) were not present for the third day in a row, which means they’re likely to be ruled out for Sunday’s game against Washington.
I don’t think this is anything to worry about in the long-term, as none of these injuries appear to be season ending. And since the Redskins aren’t a very good overall football team, the Patriots should be able to get the win without Sheard, Cannon, or Jackson. Rest them until they are 100% healthy, because the Pats will need them for the playoffs.
As for Sunday, even without two of their top offensive lineman, I still think the Patriots should try to run the ball more, as the Skins have one of the worst run defenses in the league. If they can get LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis going, this will give Tom Brady a chance to rest his arm a bit, but it will also open up the play-action game, and give Brady some extra built in protection.