New England Patriots

Jul 25, 2019; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett pivots after receiving a short pass during the 2019 season opening Training Camp at Gillette Stadium. (Ed Wolfstein-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots are suddenly dealing with a rash of injuries at wide receiver.

While it doesn’t seem like anything too serious for either of them, both Phillip Dorsett and Maurice Harris had to leave Wednesday’s joint practice with the Tennessee Titans early after suffering apparent injuries. Per NESN’s Zack Cox, Dorsett removed his pads and walked off the field on his own while Harris spent time on one knee with a cleat off.

N’Keal Harry is also working his way back from an injury, however it’s been described as “very minor”. He traveled to Nashville and participated in the early stages of practice, but was limited on Wednesday.

Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas continue to attend practice everyday, albeit in a very limited capacity without pads. Edelman is expected to be ready for the start of the season as he recovers from a broken thumb. Thomas is more like a candidate to be released, considering how far behind he’s fallen compared to other receivers’ progress. They could also place him on the PUP list to start the season if they’re willing to absorb the cap hit, but he’d be out for six weeks then, if he returned after that, would have another three weeks to either be activated or released/placed on IR. He’d need to make the 53-man roster to be placed on IR with the ability to return later in the season.

There was plenty more reported from those in attendance at the first of two joint practices in Tennessee. Here’s a rundown of the most notable live tweets.

Practice Reports

— LB Elandon Roberts had to leave early with an apparent foot injury. Others had trouble with the 90-plus-degree heat, according to multiple reports.

— TE Matt LaCosse (sprained ankle), LB Jamie Collins, and TE Stephen Anderson also missed practice.

— Despite the attrition at receiver and players having issues with the heat and humidity, Tom Brady went 16-for-22 in competitive team drills.

Isaiah Wynn continues to get more reps as the starting left tackle, with Dan Skipper still subbing in. Wynn told reporters after practice that he’s 100 percent and would be ready to start if the team calls for it.

— The punt returners on Wednesday were Braxton Berrios, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, and Rex Burkhead. Berrios and Olszewski may have to really set themselves apart in this department to make the initial 53-man roster. Meyers continues to stand out and is getting closer every day to “roster lock” status.


The Patriots and Titans will hold one more joint practice on Thursday and play a preseason game on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in Nashville.

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