Patriots’ Friday injury report opens the door for an offensive line shakeup
When the New England Patriots take the field against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, their offensive line will look as complete as it has all offseason. On Friday’s injury report one lineman was removed, leaving just one remaining on the lost.
According to Friday’s report, rookie offensive lineman Sidy Sow (concussion) has been cleared from concussion protocol. Sow started the season opener for the Patriots, but has been out while in concussion protocol for the last two games.
Sow’s status is notable with starting left guard Cole Strange (knee) one of five Patriots players listed as questionable. Strange didn’t finish last week’s game against the Jets due to injury, although it’s unclear if that’s due to the knee injury he’s been dealing with since the start of training camp, or a new issue.
If Strange can’t go, Sow would be a logical candidate to start in his place at left guard. With Sow unavailable last week, fellow rookie Atonio Mafi stepped into the role.
In college, Sow played primarily left guard. However, after playing mostly right tackle in his first NFL training camp, Sow played right guard in Week 1.
There was one other change on Friday’s injury report, with cornerback Shaun Wade (shoulder) added as a limited participant and questionable for Sunday. Defensive linemen Christian Barmore (knee) and Davon Godchaux (ankle), as well as cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle) all are questionable as well after being limited all week.
On the Cowboys’ side of things, starting left tackle Tyron Smith (knee) has been ruled out. Smith missed last week’s game as well. Starting center Tyler Biadasz (hamstring), starting guard Zack Martin (ankle), and tight end Peyton Hendershot (ankle), are all questionable.