New England Patriots

Mohamed Sanu of the New England Patriots is tackled by Rudy Ford of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu appeared on Wednesday’s injury report with an ankle injury. According to NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran, it’s a high-ankle sprain and Sanu may have to miss a couple of weeks.

On the bright side, there’s apparently “midweek optimism” that Phillip Dorsett is cleared to play in Week 12 despite going through the concussion protocol, per Jeff Howe. Dorsett was a non-participant in Wednesday’s practice, but was present for a stretching period during the media availability portion of practice.

If neither Sanu nor Dorsett are able to go on Sunday against the Cowboys, that would thrust rookies N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers into major roles in the Patriots offense at receiver. The Pats have deployed three wide receivers in 123 of their last 139 offensive snaps (88.5 percent) over the past two games, so it’s possible that Harry and Meyers play almost every down if Sanu and Dorsett both have to sit.

Sanu and Dorsett missing practice on Thursday would only further indicate that they’re not going to be ready to return on Sunday. But the fact that Dorsett can at least participate in stretching is a promising sign for him.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at