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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

It appears the Patriots are limping to the finish line of the 2020 NFL season, both figuratively and literally. The team listed 21 players – 40 percent of their total roster – on their final injury report of the week.

Of those 21, 20 are listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against Buffalo. Among those 20 are 12 starters including David Andrews (calf), Ja’Whaun Bentley (shoulder), Lawrence Guy (shoulder), Damien Harris (ankle), J.C. Jackson (knee), and Shaq Mason (calf).

The Patriots’ special teams unit is especially banged up, with three key members dealing with some sort of injury. Kicker Nick Folk (back), long snapper Joe Cardona (ankle), and Pro Bowl gunner Matthew Slater (knee) are all listed as questionable.

Tight end Jordan Thomas was the lone Patriot ruled out, and was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list within an hour of the injury report being released. Thomas was claimed by the Patriots off waivers in early November, but played just 15 snaps over two games with the team. He’s the second member of the Patriots to be placed on COVID reserve this week – practice squad defensive tackle Isaiah Mack was added on Friday.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.