The New England Patriots will meet the New York Jets Sunday for the second game of the regular season. The team missed the chance to win the season opener against the Miami Dolphins and playing without two starters won’t make things easier on Sunday. Two Patriots starters missed practice and fans have a really good reason to be concerned.
Right tackle Trent Brown and linebacker Kyle Van Noy didn’t join their teammates for their on-field preparations for the upcoming game.
A calf injury limited Brown to just seven offensive snaps last Sunday. Losing him to an injury was a big blow for the team. Head coach Bill Belichick can’t lose another valuable player at this point.
Other Patriots starters may not miss another practice
Brown left the Patriots offense last Sunday and he was soon replaced by Justin Herron and Yasir Durant. Belichick rotated both players to get the best replacement for Brown. It didn’t work really well.
When it comes to the defense, Van Noy say 65 percent of the snaps and had a sack and a tipped pass. He is out due to a throat issue and the team has yet to provide an update or details of his condition.
Offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste and linebacker Ronnie Perkins were limited participants. They saw limited action on Wednesday as they deal with hamstring and shoulder injury, respectively. This doesn’t come as a surprise because both players sat out Week 1. They were ruled questionable for the season opener and may miss the upcoming game as well.
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was dealing with an ankle issue but he was full participant in Wednesday’s session. Jalen Mills and Kyle Dugger were questionable but they were full participants as well. Agholor had five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Mills broke up a pass in the red zone and the Patriots can use more of this in the upcoming games.
Belichick needs healthy starters to improve his winning record in 2021. Van Noy has a key role with the team. The same goes to Brown. We will have to wait for Friday’s injury report.