Patriots rule out five players for Thursday night game in Pittsburgh
The New England Patriots will be shorthanded when they play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night. On Wednesday the team ruled five players out for the game – including four offensive players.
Wide receivers Demario Douglas (concussion) and Kayshon Boutte (shoulder) will both miss their second game in a row. Boutte is out despite returning to practice this week, while Douglas didn’t practice at all.
Running back Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) and cornerback Shaun Wade (illness) were both also ruled out after leaving last week’s game early. Stevenson is expected to miss multiple weeks. Riley Reiff (knee) was also officially ruled out, with Bill Belichick confirming Wednesday afternoon he’ll revert to IR.
Four Patriots players are also questionable for the game. That group is wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (ankle) and DeVante Parker (knee), offensive tackle Trent Brown (ankle/hand), and defensive tackle Christian Barmore (shoulder).
The Steelers ruled out two players including quarterback Kenny Pickett (ankle), who underwent ankle surgery earlier this week. Cornerback James Pierre (shoulder) was also ruled out. Four players are questionable including running back Najee Harris (knee), who didn’t practice this week.