Leading the short list of injured Patriots is Chandler Jones, who is dealing with the most significant injury at the moment. Jones has been out for three straight games with a hip injury and will miss this week's game vs. Detroit.
The defensive line has missed Jones the last three games because he is their main pass rusher. The pressure that is being generated by the line has been streaky without Jones and has led to Bill Belichick having to find new ways for the team to create pressure -- that coming in the form from players like Akeem Ayers and Jamie Collins.
Julian Edelman was the on the injury report this week with a thigh injury that he injured in the game against the Colts. He landed on one of the yard markers after making an attempt at a catch -- and he sure paid for it. Edelman returned to the game after getting up slowly. He was a little gimpy throughout the rest of the game, although it would be hard to tell after his tremendous block that helped Rob Gronkowski score his touchdown. Edelman was limited in practice this week, but expect him to be a full go this week.
Dominique Easley has been on the Patriots' injury report all season long with a knee injury, mostly due to the fact that he is coming off a torn acl. Easley did not participate in practice on Thursday, which may rise some concern from fans because he was a bright spot in the team's win against the Colts last week, but it appears that Easley may have had a scheduled day off.
The team and fans are hoping Easley is okay because he has not been on the field a lot this year -- drawing questions of why he was a first round pick-- but he finally showed flashes of getting pressure on the QB last week.
The Patriots will play vs. the Detroit Lions this week in a match up of two excellent defenses and two capably explosive offenses, so it should be an extremely entertaining game.
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