The New England Patriots enter week two of the 2019 NFL season with another light injury report. With just three players listed as limited on their initial injury report on Wednesday and the same three as questionable by the end of the week, New England should be fairly close to full strength as they head to Miami to face the Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.
Once again there is a familiar face on the injury report listed as questionable as free agent acquisition tight end Matt LaCosse is on for a second consecutive week. LaCosse was expected to be a major contributor on offense but he sprained his ankle in the first preseason game and missed the rest of the preseason. With only second-year tight end Ryan Izzo on the roster, LaCosse was active Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers but only for emergencies as he did not play a single snap.
Help does not appear on the way for the tight end position. The Patriots are missing a tight end already due to a suspension. Veteran Ben Watson started the season suspended for four weeks and is not on the 53-man roster. Watson will be out until week five and expected contributor Lance Kendricks was eligible to return in week two but was released to make room for wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Certainly, the Patriots had more than a few major injuries to overcome heading into the season. On offense, first round draft pick wide receiver N’Keal Harry (injured reserve designated to return) and free agent wide receiver Cameron Meredith (PUP list) are out until October/November.
Another pair of rookies on the offensive line are out with guard Hjalte Froholdt–who was playing almost entire preseason games being force-fed snaps in an effort to get him up to NFL speed–injured his shoulder in the final preseason game and is out for the season. Rookie tackle Yodny Cajuste has been out all of the preseason with a quadriceps injury and is on the non-football injury (NFI) list. When and if he returns in 2019 is unknown.
The loss of starting center David Andrews is the biggest loss and leaves a gaping hole in the middle of the offensive line. He is on injured reserve and is out for the season due to blood clots in his lungs. Andrews is taking medication and will receive treatment for blood clots and New England hopes he can return in 2020. Back-up Ted Karras played extremely well against the Steelers in Andrews’ place on Sunday night.
With such a loss, there is another hole on the offensive line as starting right tackle Marcus Cannon is listed as questionable after leaving the week one win over Pittsburgh late in the game with a shoulder …read more
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