The New England Patriots are playing the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football, and we have the final injury report. Phillip Dorsett won’t join the team on the field due to his hamstring injury. The Patriots have officially ruled him out for this week’s primetime clash. Dorsett suffered his injury during the win over the Washington Redskins.
Dorsett was able to catch 15 passes for 197 yards and team-high three touchdowns in the regular season. This is the second game he has missed since joining the team in 2017.
Undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers will take Dorsett’s role as No. 3 receiver for the team. Meyers has played in four of the Patriots’ five games this season. He caught four passes on six targets for 66 yards.
New England listed six players as questionable:
Running back Rex Burkhead (foot)
Linebacker Shilique Calhoun (ankle)
Safety Patrick Chung (heel)
Safety Nate Ebner (groin)
Wide receiver Julian Edelman (chest)
Wide receiver Josh Gordon (knee)
Burkhead, Chung and Ebner sat out the game against the Redskins.
Head coach Bill Belichick addressed the challenge his team will face on Thursday.
“It’s a combination. A: Understanding of the Giants and getting mentally ready,” the head coach said. “They have a very challenging schemes on offense, defense, and special teams. We saw them earlier in the preseason but that really didn’t do much. The mental part of it is challenging, certainly the physical part of it. When you think about, tonight’s Wednesday and we play on Sunday. It’s a lot for the players to rebound from.
“I’m sure they will do everything they can to be as physically ready as possible. So it’s a combination of two things, you have to just balance it. One without the other is not enough so you have to try and get both. We will do the best we can on short notice and the players will do the best that they can to get ready in the less amount of time that they normally have. It’s the same time the Giants have, it’s the same for both teams. [We will] do the best we can to be ready to go.”