As the Patriots get ready to face the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they’re doing so somewhat shorthanded. Wednesday’s injury report is one of the longest the team has had so far this season.
Of the eight players listed, seven are classified as ‘limited.’ Running back James White is listed as ‘did not participate,’ with Adam Schefter reporting later in the day the 29-year-old is likely going to miss the rest of the season with a hip injury.
The seven limited players are tackles Isaiah Wynn (knee) and Trent Brown (calf), defensive lineman Henry Anderson (ankle), linebackers Ja’Whaun Bentley (shoulder), Josh Uche (back) and Kyle Van Noy (groin), and kicker Nick Folk (left knee).
Brown and Uche were both on the injury list last week for the same ailments. Van Noy had also been on the injury report for the last two weeks, but until today was listed with a throat injury. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick told reporters on Monday that Ja’Whaun Bentley had missed most of the second half of Sunday’s loss with a shoulder injury.
Those not expected to appear on the report were Anderson and Folk. Folk specifically is a player to keep an eye on, as a plant leg injury for a kicker can be tricky. If he can’t go, the Patriots’ don’t have any other kickers eligible to play on Sunday after placing rookie Quinn Nordin on IR last week.
Down in Tampa, the Bucs had seven players listed in total. Three of those players did not participate on Wednesday, inlcuding tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs). Gronkowski missed some of the Buccaneers’ loss to the Rams on Sunday after taking a hard shot to the ribs from LA linebacker Terrell Lewis.
Running back Giovani Bernard (knee) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) were the other DNP’s for Tampa. The team’s top receiver Chris Godwin (thumb) and top cornerback Carlton Davis (abdomen/ribs) were both listed as full participants.
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