What are the most notable injuries heading into Sunday’s AFC East rivalry game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets?
The Patriots take on the Jets this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 pm EST, along with six other contests around the NFL.
As far as injuries are concerned, the situation couldn’t be more different for both teams.
For the Patriots, the only significant injury that bears watching is Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson was enjoying a productive day as a dual-threat against the Bills, catching passes on the outside as well as orchestrating jet sweeps and runs out of the backfield as a rusher, before a knee injury forced him from the game in the third quarter. He was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice session, leaving his availability for the Jets game up in the air.
The only other New England players listed on the team’s injury report are core special teamer Brandon King and backup tight end Jacob Hollister. Neither player’s potential absence is expected to impact the outcome of Sunday’s game.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Jets have a staggering 15 players listed on their injury report from Wednesday. Granted, about half of them were full participants in the practice session, which bodes well for their chances of playing in Foxborough.
Still, a number of key players were either limited or did not practice at all, including starters such as wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, and cornerback Morris Claiborne. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson also did not practice because of a reported disciplinary infraction.
If both he and Claiborne miss Sunday’s game, it sets up Tom Brady and the Patriots’ passing attack for a bounce-back game after a lackluster showing against the Bills last week.