The New England Patriots released Thursday’s injury report, and things didn’t look really well for the team. NFL experts are worried about the team as they missed a player at practice. New England added a new name to the injury report.
Starting left tackle Jermaine Eluemunor didn’t join his teammates for practice on Thursday. He may not play on Sunday when the Patriots confront the Miami Dolphins.
Eluemunor has been dealing with several issues this season. He didn’t have the best game in Week 14. New England may do much better without him.
The player didn’t really fit in some of the key plays New England had. His mistakes led to pressure or sacks on veteran quarterback Cam Newton. The Patriots offense was really weak this season, and head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t really need any blown-off blocking assignments from the offensive players.
If Eluemunor doesn’t play Sunday, rookie Justin Herron will probably step in as a replacement. New England may opt to start rookie tackles in order to slow down Miami’s pass rush.
Key contributor finds spot on Patriots injury report
Damien Harris is one of the most consistent players on the Patriots’ offense. The talented running back is a tough north-south runner with great hands out of the backfield. Mike Reiss from ESPN reported that Harris saw limited action in Thursday’s practice. He is dealing with an injured ankle.
If Harris doesn’t play, the Patriots will enter the game thinner than usual. They haven’t had this problem throughout the season. When healthy, New England has the strongest running back group in the NFL.
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt may eclipse the 1,000-yard mark this season. But, a healthy Patriots running back unit has Harris, Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, and rookie JJ Taylor.
Burkhead’s season is over as he suffered a torn ACL. Taylor hasn’t seen much action. If Harris doesn’t play, the Patriots may activate Taylor. He hasn’t played in the last few weeks.
The Los Angeles Chargers did the Patriots favor. They upset the Las Vegas Raiders 30-27 in overtime. The Raiders have a 7-7 record right now. In other words, New England has to defeat Miami.