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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Patriots Injury Report: Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Brandon Browner


By on 10/16/2014 12:15:00 PM

Short weeks are always challenging for teams, particularly if there are any questions about the health of key players. The New England Patriots are notoriously vague when it comes to injuries, but some clarity has been offered ahead of Thursday night's matchup with the New York Jets.



Running back Stevan Ridley (knee), linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (finger) and special teamer Nate Ebner (finger) have all been ruled out of Thursday night's game. Ridley and Mayo are the headliners here after they each were injured last Sunday, and both are out for the season.

Guard Dan Connolly and center Bryan Stork are dealing with concussions, and are listed as questionable for Thursday night after not practicing Wednesday. Ryan Wendell, Jordan Devey and Josh Kline played center, left guard and right guard respectively against Buffalo last week, and that looks likely to be the arrangement of New England's interior line again against the Jets.

Cornerback Brandon Browner (ankle) is officially listed as questionable, but he told reporters earlier in the week he is fine and he should make his Patriots' debut Thursday night. 

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), defensive lineman Dominique Easley (shoulder/knee) and wide receiver Matthew Slater (shoulder) are all listed as questionable. All four have been limited in practice this week, but it would be fairly surprising if they aren't in uniform against the Jets. 

Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle), defensive end Chandler Jones (knee) and safety Devin McCourty (rib) are probable for Thursday night, and all three will start as normal barring something unforeseen.

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