By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
As the Patriots try to run the clock out on their 2020 season, their running game may not be there to help them.
On Friday’s injury report, the team ruled out center David Andrews (calf), guard Shaq Mason (calf) and running back David Harris (ankle) for Sunday’s game against the Jets. All three are crucial for the Patriots’ ground game, and with left tackle Isaiah Wynn also on IR, the Patriots will be without at least three of their five Week 1 starters. A fourth, tackle Jermaine Eluemunor (ankle) is questionable.
Things aren’t much better on defense. Of the 16 questionable players, half are defensive starters. The injuries go right up the middle of the Patriots defense, from defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (shoulder) to middle linebacker Terez Hall (ankle) to deep safety Devin McCourty (shoulder).
No Damien Harris, David Andrews, and Shaq Mason for the Patriots on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/bTmvekCSdR— Alex Barth (@RealAlexBarth) January 1, 2021
Special teams weren’t spared either. Kicker Nick Folk (back) and long snapper Joe Cardona (ankle) are both questionable. So are both gunners, Matthew Slater (knee) and Justin Bethel (neck).
Meanwhile, the Jets were able to remove players from the injury report throughout the week, and enter the contest with just three guys listed as questionable. They are wide receiver Jeff Smith (shoulder) and cornerbacks Bless Austin (not injury related) and Javelin Guidry (knee).
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.