For the second day in a row, the Patriots were without cornerback J.C. Jackson (illness) at practice. The 25-year-old was not spotted during the portion of practice open to the media, and is listed as ‘did not participate’ on Thursday’s injury report.
Jackson missing two days of practice puts his status up in the air for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Generally, players who miss both days don’t end up playing for the Patriots. However, that’s not always the case – just two weeks ago, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux missed the entire week of practice but played 40 percent of the team’s defensive snaps on Sunday.
In addition to Jackson, there are 11 players on the report listed as ‘limited’ – the same group from Wednesday. They are Shaq Mason (abdomen), tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder), defensive tackles Christian Barmore (foot), Carl Davis (hand), linebackers Dont’a Hightower (ankle), Ja’Whaun Bentley (ribs), Josh Uche (shoulder), and Kyle Van Noy (groin), safety Kyle Dugger (neck), kicker Nick Folk (left knee), and special teamer Cody Davis (hand).
Down in Carolina, there were a few changes from Wednesday’s injury report. Cornerback Stantley Thomas-Oliver (toe) was downgraded from ‘limited’ to ‘DNP,’ guard Pat Elflein was added as a ‘full’ participant with a hamstring injury, and wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. was removed after dealing with a concussion. Former Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (quad) remains a ‘full’ participant.
As for quarterback Sam Darnold (concussion/right shoulder), he was listed as limited once again. According to the Panthers’ website, “Darnold stood around with coaches during the portion of practice open to reporters, talking to offensive coordinator Joe Brady and quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan,” while P.J. Walker led the first team offense. Asked about Darnold Thursday morning, Panthers coach Matt Rhule told reporters he’s “not really sure what his status is right now.”
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