The Patriots’ offensive line could be even more shorthanded this week based on Wednesday’s injury report
In their season opener last week, the New England Patriots played shorthanded on the offensive line with starting guards Cole Strange (knee) and Mike Onwenu (ankle) inactive. This week, that group could be even thinner based off of Wednesday’s injury report.
In addition to Strange and Onwenu being listed as limited – as they were all of last week – the Patriots added three other offensive linemen to the report. Starting left tackle Trent Brown (concussion) and last week’s starting right guard Sidy Sow (concussion) both did not participate. Center David Andrews (hamstring) was limited as well.
Brown and Sow being in concussion protocol comes as a surprise given both played the full 80 snaps in Sunday afternoon’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Given the tricky nature of concussions, there’s a real chance Brown and/or Sow aren’t available this week against the Miami Dolphins.
That would leave the Patriots very shorthanded against the Dolphins up front, especially if Strange and Onwenu are also still out (Belichick said on Wednesday morning both are ‘day-by-day’ at this point). Including Andrews’ injury the Patriots now have four of their five main starters listed on the injury report, as well as one of their top backups. Their healthy offensive linemen at this point are starting right tackle Calvin Anderson, last week’s starting left guard rookie Atonio Mafi, backup center rookie Jake Andrews, and at tackle recent trade acquisitions Vederian Lowe and Tyrone Wheatley. The team also has interior offensive linemen James Ferentz and Kody Russey and tackle Andrew Stueber on the practice squad.
The Patriots may be preparing to boost their offensive line if needed. According to a report earlier on Wednesday, the team has shown interest in free agent tackle La’el Collins.
In addition to their tackles, the Patriots also have two wide receivers listed on Wednesday’s injury report. DeVante Parker (knee) remains limited, and rookie Kayshon Boutte (hamstring) was added to the report this week, and was limited on Wednesday as well.
As for Miami, the Dolphins have nine players listed on their side of Wednesday’s injury report. Of the nine, running back Raheem Mostert (knee) was the only one not to participate. Among other notable injuries, tackle Terron Armstead (back, ankle, knee) and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (oblique) were limited, while rookie running back De’Von Achane (shoulder), cornerback Xavien Howard (thumb), and safety Brandon Jones (knee) were all full participants.