New England Patriots

Marcus Cannon of the New England Patriots in action against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

FOXBORO, Mass. — Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon was a surprise absence from practice on Friday in Foxboro.

Cannon has not appeared on the injury report this week. So it’s unclear whether he suffered a new injury or received some kind of excused absence. The picture will become more clear later on Friday when the final injury report comes out.

The Patriots’ starting right tackle since the start of the 2016 season, Cannon left the season opener early and missed Week 2 at the Dolphins with a shoulder injury. He’s played in every game since then and missed only four plays out of 589, lining up for 99.3 percent of offensive snaps.

In other practice news, receivers Phillip Dorsett (concussion) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) were both present for stretching during media availability. Both occasionally went to the sidelines and stretched on their own.

The New England Patriots practice on Nov. 22, 2019 in Foxboro, Mass. (Matt Dolloff/WBZ-FM)

The New England Patriots practice on Nov. 22, 2019 in Foxboro, Mass. (Matt Dolloff/WBZ-FM)

Dorsett was upgraded to a limited participant on Thursday, but Sanu has been listed as a non-participant for the past two days. Sanu is reportedly dealing with a high ankle sprain and could ultimately miss a couple of weeks, while Dorsett apparently has a chance to clear the concussion protocol in time to play against the Cowboys.

Bill Belichick busted out an amusing board game reference when asked if he’s able to share any updates on Dorsett and Sanu’s status.

“No point in guessing on it,” said Belichick during his Friday press conference. “Might as well go out and practice and see what they can do and then make an accurate report. I’m not gonna sit here and try to Ouija board it here this morning, tell you how a guy’s gonna feel before he’s gone out and done anything. I mean, that wouldn’t be responsible on my part.”

Since we do not possess clairvoyance or have a Ouija board handy, we’ll have to wait for the official injury report to get any more public info from the team on the players’ statuses.

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