2nd Down – Getting healthier
The New England Patriots are slowly but surely getting healthier as the season progresses.
One player they have been without all season has been rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry, who will presumably make his NFL debut Sunday against the Eagles. Right guard Shaq Mason could also help stabilize the offense if he’s healthy enough to fortify the line; Mason has been battling an ankle injury for a few weeks now, though he obviously had extra time to rest up and get ready for the home stretch of the season.
Second-year offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn isn’t eligible yet to play against the Eagles, but he has been practicing with the team as he’s worked his way back off IR with a turf toe injury. Wynn will most likely play against the Cowboys next week and be re-inserted into the starting lineup at left tackle over Marshall Newhouse once he’s eligible for game action once again.
For today’s game against Philadelphia, however, the Patriots will be down their starting safety Patrick Chung because of injuries to his chest and heel. Rookie running back Damien Harris is also inactive with a hamstring injury, as is rookie returner/receiver Gunner Olszewski, who was a late addition to the injury report this week. Nate Ebner, Matt LaCosse, Danny Shelton, and John Simon were all listed on the injury report as questionable to play this week, but none of them are listed as inactive… which could bode well for their chances of playing today, obviously.