The Patriots appear to be getting healthier heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Jets
Ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the New York Jets, the New England Patriots appear to be heading in the right direction health-wise. After having near perfect attendance at practice on Wednesday, the team’s first injury report of the week reflected that reality.
Of the nine players listed on the report only two didn’t participate. One is Marcus Jones (shoulder) who left Sunday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins with an injury that looked significant. The other is Davon Godchaux (not injury related), with his absence likely being due to the fact his fiancé had a baby on Tuesday.
The seven players who are listed as limited include many of the players who missed last week’s game – wide receiver DeVante Parker (knee), offensive linemen Trent Brown (concussion) and Sidy Sow (concussion), and cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle). Guards Cole Strange (knee) and Mike Onwenu (ankle) remain on the injury report as well.
Defensive lineman Christian Barmore (knee) is the only other new addition to the report from last week. Barmore played 44 percent of the team’s defensive snaps last week, and didn’t appear to suffer any clear injury.
Meanwhile, the Jets were without multiple key players at Wednesday’s practice. Offensive tackle Duane Brown (hip), defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (hip), safety Tony Adams (hamstring), and kicker Greg Zuerlein (right groin) – all starters – didn’t participate. Another group of starters were limited in running back Breece Hall (knee), tackle Mekhi Becton (knee), linebacker Quincy Williams (knee), and cornerback Michael Carter II (elbow).
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29 former Patriots named initial nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024
On Tuesday morning, the Pro Football Hall of Fame kicked off another induction cycle. In the first step of choosing the Class of 2024, the Hall revealed the list of modern-era nominees to be considered for the class.
This year’s initial group includes 173 players, a significant increase from the 129 initial nominees last year. That group is made up of 94 offensive players, 64 defensive players, and 17 specialists. In the coming months the selection committee will narrow this list down to a smaller group of semifinalists, followed by a group of 19 finalists. That group will then go to the final round of voting, with the official Class of 2024 – which will be between four and nine individuals – being revealed leading up to the Super Bowl in February.
Of the 173 initial nominees this year, 29 spent at least some time with the New England Patriots. That’s up from 24 last year, even though former Patriot Darrelle Revis is no longer on the list after getting inducted as part of the Class of 2023 (on his first ballot). In fact, none of the former Patriots under consideration are first-ballot candidates this year – although a few are back on the ballot after not being included in recent years.
From franchise cornerstones to guys who just came through for a cup of coffee and never even put on the uniform, here is a look at all 29 former Patriots under consideration this year. Will any become the 11th former Patriot to be enshrined in Canton?