The plot thickens with Jakobi Meyers’ lingering knee injury
September 22nd, 2022
Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is in the midst of a murky situation with his injured knee.
Meyers was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday’s practice in Foxboro, and was later spotted walking gingerly in the locker room. He appeared on the Week 1 injury report with a knee injury, but wasn’t listed at all in Week 2. So it’s unclear if this is a new injury or something Meyers aggravated.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network added more context to the situation on Twitter, reporting that Meyers underwent testing on his knee and the team found “nothing significant.” So it at least sounds like a manageable, short-term kind of issue.
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The fourth-year wide receiver would be a significant loss for the Patriots if he has to miss time. Through two games, he leads the Patriots in receptions (13), targets (19), and receiving yards (150). He’s played 84.8 percent of the team’s offensive snaps so far; only DeVante Parker (87.2 percent) has played more.
Meyers’ status should become more clear in the coming days, ahead of Sunday’s season opener at Gillette Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens. But it’s certainly not ideal for him to miss Wednesday, which typically entails the primary installations for the offensive gameplan.
Here’s what else you need to know about the Patriots’ Week 3 injury report…
Kyle Dugger (Knee) Misses Practice
Jan 2, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots safety Kyle Dugger (23) runs with the ball after an interception during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Dugger had to leave last Sunday’s win in Pittsburgh after just 19 defensive snaps. He played 51 snaps (85 percent) in Week 1 against the Dolphins, and made six total tackles, including five solo tackles and two tackles for loss. The third-year safety’s open-field tackling ability and closing speed would be sorely missed against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ potent offense.
Adrian Phillips (Ribs) Limited
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 11: Adrian Phillips #21 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after an injury during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
Phillips originally injured his ribs in Week 1 in Miami, and was removed from the game after 27 defensive snaps. The Patriots listed him on the injury report for Week 2, but Phillips didn’t appear to have much physical limitation, playing 51 snaps (86.4 percent) against the Steelers. Barring a setback, he seems like a good bet to suit up against Baltimore.
Ja’Whaun Bentley (Back) Not Listed
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 11: Ja’Whaun Bentley #8 of the New England Patriots sacks Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
Concerns for Patriots linebacker and defensive captain Ja’Whaun Bentley appear to be gone, after he exited Sunday’s win over the Steelers with what the Patriots reported as a back injury. But Bentley wasn’t listed on Wednesday’s injury report at all. Certainly a great sign for him.
The Rest of the Patriots Injury Report
Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert (31) runs with the football in between New England Patriots linebacker Raekwon McMillan (50) and cornerback Myles Bryant (27) during the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s who else was listed on Wednesday’s injury report in Foxboro. All players listed below were limited participants.
DB Joshuah Bledsoe (groin)
DB Cody Davis (calf)
DL Davon Godchaux (back)
LB Raekwon McMillan (thumb)
DL DaMarcus Mitchell (knee)
More clarity should come on all the Patriots’ injury situations when Thursday and Friday’s reports come out. The Ravens, meanwhile, listed 13 (!) players on their own Wednesday injury report, including Lamar Jackson with an elbow.
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