Patriots getting stronger, Titans 10 players short in Wednesday practice

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – November 29: A view of the New England Patriots wearing helmets before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

All things considered, the Patriots are in a relatively healthy position for Week 12 of the NFL season. The team has only 11 players above First injury report of the week, all listed as ‘limited’ participants in Wednesday’s practice session.

Only two names on the list did not appear last week. Tight ending Hunter Henry (neck) is on the injury report for the first time this year, while dealing with defense Christian Barmore (knee) is back after being listed at the start of the season with a foot injury. Run back Damien Harris his injury has gone from ‘concussion’ to ‘neck’.

The remaining players who returned from last week are close to the end Jonnu Smith (shoulder), guard Shaq Mason (belly), split Trent Brown (calf), paved road Ja’Whaun Bentley (ribs), Dont’a Hightower (ankle), and Kyle Van Noy (groin), stone man Nick Folk (left knee), and punter Jake Bailey (right knee). Run back Brandon Bolden, wide receiver N’Keal Harry and Gunner Olszewski, and finish the defense Deatrich Wise did not appear on the report after being listed last week.

Meanwhile, the Titans are now more notable for their injuries than for their play on the field. In recent weeks, the team has had to get some of its top players into the IR including rerun Derrick Henry, wide receiver Julio Jones and winger Bud Dupree. However, the IR listing only tells part of the story.

16 players were listed in Wednesday’s injury report for Tennessee, including 10 who missed practice. Among them are Jeremy McNichols (concussion), wide receiver AJ Brown (chest), keeper Nate Davis (concussion), and quarterbacks Rashaan Evan (ankle) and Harold Landry (hamstring). All play an important role for the Titans when healthy.

Back-up defender Logan Woodside was also absent from training, and has since been placed on the COVID reserve list. The team has no other known cases at this time, and starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill told reporters over the summer that he had received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Both teams will be off tomorrow for Thanksgiving and will issue expected injury reports. That means the next real update on these players is likely to come when the state of the game is announced on Friday.

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