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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Patriots Injury Report: Tom Brady, Shane Vereen, Dan Connolly

By on 10/26/2014 12:00:00 PM

Tom Brady and his New England Patriots will look to extend their current three game winning streak against the visiting Chicago Bears this afternoon:

Despite the long list of players, the Patriots’ final Week 8 Injury Report could have been a lot worse. DE Chandler Jones (hip) is the only player listed to the report that has been ruled out for today’s matchup. 

Realistically, what the players, teammates, fans and fantasy owners are most concerned about is the status of the great QB Tom Brady (ankle). Based on the fact that Brady was able to participate in practice this week, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be ready come game time.

Next to Brady, four others were listed as probable: CB Brandon Browner (ankle), LB Jamie Collins  (thigh), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee) and S Devin McCourtry (rib). All of whom were healthy enough to participate in team practices throughout the week. Sure, anything can happen but when a player is able to go full tilt during practice it’s always a good sign come game day.

The Patriots currently have three players suffering with concussions: OL Dan Connolly, OL Bryan Stork and RB Shane Vereen. Both Connolly and Stork were able to participate in light practice all week so it is possible that they play today. In Vereen’s case, being as he was a DNP at practice on Friday, there is no way he takes the field this afternoon.

DL Dominique Easley (shoulder/knee) participated in light practice all week but should still be considered a 50/50 chance. Being that Easley is dealing with two separate injuries it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that he likely won’t play.

As for the remaining players, DB Nate Ebner (finger), OL Cameron Fleming (finger) and WR Matthew Slater (shoulder) have all been considered as questionable, and likely won’t play today.

Looking to improve their record to 6 – 2 with a win over the Bears, the Patriots can only hope that Brady is healthy enough to play. If not, it could be a rough game for New England fans.

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