New England Patriots

  • The Patriots’ offense is getting closer to getting back to full strength. Friday’s injury report showed two offensive starters making progress as the team gets ready for its Monday Night Football matchup with the Chicago Bears.

    Both wide receiver Nelson Agholor (hamstring) and tight end Jonnu Smith (ankle) saw their statuses upgraded on Friday. Agholor went from a non-participant to limited, while Smith went from limited to a full participant.

  • While the offense got good news, there may be some sort of illness going around the cornerback room. Jalen Mills and Shaun Wade were both added to the report on Friday with illness designations – Mills was limited and Wade was a non-participant. This will be a situation to monitor leading up to Monday night, including the final injury report of the week on Saturday.

    The remainder of the injury report remains unchanged from Thursday. Notably, Mac Jones’ (ankle) status remains unchanged as limited. It was reported earlier in the day on Friday that Jones still needs to be medically cleared by the team in order to play Monday night, but Jones later met with reporters in the locker room saying, “It [his ankle] feels pretty good. Just trying to work through all the stuff being able to play an NFL football game. When I’m there, I’m there, and I’m definitely making a lot of progress.”

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  • In addition to Jones, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (toe), offensive linemen Mike Onwenu (ankle) and Isaiah Wynn (shoulder), defensive linemen Christian Barmore (knee) and Lawrence Guy (shoulder), linebacker Josh Uche (hamstring), and cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle) were all limited as well. Running back Damien Harris (hamstring) was a full participant for the second day in a row.

    On the other side of things, the Bears turned in an empty injury report for the second day in a row. Former Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry has been listed on the report last week after returning from an ankle injury that initially landed him on IR. Harry told reporters on Friday, “I feel ready. I’m excited. My body has healed the right way. I’ve got a chance to get my feet up under me in this offense. I’m excited to go.”

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