Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Phillip Dorsett (knee) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Dorsett seems on track to suit up against the Titans. With Danny Amendola returning, Dorsett probably won't see many snaps.
Sep 21 - 6:23 PM

Chris Hogan (knee) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Hogan is expected to be fine for Sunday's 1ET tilt with the Texans. Even with Danny Amendola returning, Hogan remains locked in as a WR3.
Sep 21 - 6:22 PM

Patriots RCB Malcolm Butler is unsure if he will start in Week 3.

Butler came off the bench in Week 2, but ended up playing 49-of-65 snaps. Coach Bill Belichick has made it clear he hasn't been happy with Butler's play. He had a rough Week 1 in the Chiefs' beatdown of the Pats, but was better against the Saints. Eagles castoff Eric Rowe is the Pats' No. 3 corner.
Sep 21 - 5:28 PM

Rob Gronkowski (groin) was officially "limited" in Thursday's practice.

It puts Gronk on track to play against the Texans. He will likely remain limited on Friday. Perhaps the Patriots will create the impression he's a game-time decision, but Pats/Texans kick off at 1ET. Fantasy owners will have clarity when setting their lineups.
Sep 21 - 4:17 PM

Danny Amendola (concussion) is practicing Thursday.

Amendola was limited on Wednesday. He likely will be again on Thursday, but he has a good shot to return this week after getting in two practices in a row. Amendola will be a solid WR3 if he suits up.
Sep 21 - 1:02 PM

Patriots RT Marcus Cannon (ankle, concussion) returned to practice Thursday.

Cannon sat out Wednesday's session, but this practice puts him on track to play against the Texans. Cannon was able to play through his ankle injury last week against the Saints.
Sep 21 - 12:55 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) did not practice Thursday.

Burkhead also missed Wednesday's session, putting his availability for Week 3 in serious doubt. If Burkhead cannot go, Dion Lewis should see more snaps against the Texans.
Sep 21 - 12:52 PM

Rob Gronkowski (groin) appears to be practicing Thursday.

We say appears because Gronkowski was seen at the start of practice on Wednesday only to be listed as a "DNP" on the official injury report. We will have to wait to see his official designation for Thursday, but it is promising he seems to be participating at the very least in individual drills. Nothing can be taken for granted, but Gronk should be good to go against the Texans.
Sep 21 - 12:36 PM

Patriots RT Marcus Cannon (ankle, concussion) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Cannon was limited by an ankle injury last week but nonetheless played his full complement of snaps Sunday at New Orleans. Cameron Fleming would likely fill in at right tackle if Cannon can't go Sunday versus Houston.
Sep 20 - 5:46 PM

Updating an earlier report, Rob Gronkowski (groin) did not practice on Wednesday.

He was seen working on his blocking technique with fellow tight end Dwayne Allen at Wednesday's practice, but the Patriots still listed him as a DNP. Gronk has downplayed his injury since Sunday. Nothing can be taken for granted given his lengthy injury history, but we're still counting on Gronk to be available for Week 3.
Sep 20 - 5:22 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

It's a step in the right direction after sitting out all three practices last week. Hightower recently had his knee looked at by Dr. James Andrews, which is never a good sign. It's a coin flip whether he suits up Sunday versus Houston.
Sep 20 - 5:20 PM

Phillip Dorsett (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

He exited Week 2 with a knee injury but it was never thought to be anything serious. Dorsett impressed with 68 yards last week at New Orleans but we wouldn't expect a repeat performance Sunday versus Houston.
Sep 20 - 5:19 PM

Chris Hogan (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Hogan came out of last week's game a little nicked up, but he'll be fine for Sunday's battle with Houston. He's reeled in six-of-11 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown through his first two games.
Sep 20 - 5:18 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) is not practicing Wednesday.

Burkhead was forced to leave Week 2 against the Saints after scoring a first-half touchdown on five touches. Dion Lewis played more in his absence.
Sep 20 - 1:02 PM

Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's a good sign that Amendola will be back this week against the Texans after sitting out Week 2. He suffered a concussion 13 days ago on opening night.
Sep 20 - 12:59 PM


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