By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The New England Patriots may be looking at another week without their No. 1 cornerback in action this weekend, as Stephon Gilmore was a late addition to a Wednesday injury report that featured 17 limited participants in total.
Gilmore, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and subject of trade rumors prior to the since-passed NFL trade deadline, has missed the last two games due to a knee injury.
As for the other 16 on the injury report, take a deep breathe and strap in…
Offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn and running back Damien Harris, the Patriots’ two in-game departures from Monday’s win over the Jets, were among those limited. Wynn is continuing to deal with his ankle ailment, while Harris is dealing with both a chest injury (which is what he was tagged with upon his exit on Monday) and an ankle issue.
This would be a definite tough blow to the New England offense, with Wynn standing as one of the few consistent presences on the o-line this year, and with Harris emerging as the team’s true No. 1 running back with a touchdown and 350 rushing yards on 63 carries this season (5.6 yards per game).
Guards Shaq Mason (calf) and Joe Thuney (ankle) were also limited, while wide receiver N’Keal Harry (concussion) and tight end Ryan Izzo (hamstring) were also considered limited. The Patriots have certainly done their part to address the injury concerns of the latter two, with Isaiah Ford and Donte Moncrief in the picture and with Jordan Thomas added off waivers.
And in addition to Gilmore, other New England defensive talents listed on Wednesday’s report included defensive ends John Simon (elbow), Deatrich Wise (knee, hand), and linemen Carl Davis (concussion) and Lawrence Guy (shoulder, elbow, and knee).
Linebackers Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin), Shilique Calhoun (knee), cornerback J.C Jackson (knee) and safety Kyle Dugger (ankle) were also limited.
Same for special teamer Cody Davis (calif) and kicker Nick Folk (back).
On the Baltimore side, running back Mark Ingram II was back at practice for the first time since injuring his ankle last month.
But the Ravens did go through Wednesday’s practice without defensive end Calais Campbell (calf), linebacker Matthew Judon (calf), and cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle).
The Patriots will look to keep their momentum rolling after a 30-27 win over the Jets, while the Ravens come into play at 6-2 on the year, and on the heels of a 24-10 win over the Colts.