It has been a mix of good and bad news regarding the Patriots roster this week, with the worst coming from the announcement of Marcus Jones's placement on injured reserve due to a torn labrum suffered against the Dolphins.
Fortunately, as they head into a big week three matchup with the New York Jets on Sunday, the latest injury report provided some good news for the offense in particular.
Last week's game was an absolute killer when it was announced both Trent Brown and rookie Sidy Sow would be inactive against the Dolphins. The linemen performed beyond expectations against a talented defensive front against the Eagles a week before, creating more concern about how the unit would look against another formidable opponent.
Unfortunately, the offensive line was a significant problem last Sunday. But luckily, the Patriots announced that Brown cleared concussion protocol and will be available to play against the Jets this week.
Considering the massive hit Mac Jones and the run game have taken due to the inconsistency of the line, knowing Brown will be back on the field provides a sigh of relief. This game is a must-win for New England and can really be the game to turn their season around, especially since it will be against a divisional rival that most didn't think they'd have a chance against this year.
But that changed once Aaron Rodgers went down with a season ending injury. Now, the Patriots will have an excellent chance to repeat their success against quarterback Zach Wilson and get back on track offensively to help get closer to establishing an identity for the team.
It's clear they have all the tools in their arsenal, even Mac Jones, who has been playing far better than most want to believe, and there's no legitimate reason for them to lose this game.