The Patriots shall be with no starter alongside the offensive line and within the secondary once more.
Cole Unusual and Jonathan Jones had been each downgraded to out for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Cowboys, the workforce introduced forward of its journey to Dallas on Saturday.
Unusual is coping with a knee damage that he re-aggravated throughout final week’s win in opposition to the Jets. The Patriots’ beginning left guard first suffered the damage throughout coaching camp, preserving him out by means of the preseason and for the primary recreation of this season. He was restricted in follow for the whole week.
As for Jones, he’ll miss his third straight recreation as a consequence of an ankle damage. The veteran nook injured the ankle throughout follow forward of the Patriots’ Week 2 loss to the Dolphins.
With the damage to Unusual, the Patriots shall be enjoying one in every of their mid-round rookies at left guard once more. Fifth-round rookie Atonio Mafi began rather than Unusual in Week 1 and changed him when he went down in Week 3. He’s given up seven pressures and two sacks thus far this season, in keeping with Professional Soccer Focus.
As Mafi’s struggled in his comparatively quick stint at left guard thus far this season, it’s potential the Patriots may flip to Sidy Sow to start out in Unusual’s place on Sunday. The fourth-round rookie cleared concussion protocol on Friday after lacking the final two video games.
Sow has already performed a number of roles for the Patriots in his younger profession. He earned enjoying time at proper deal with throughout coaching camp and the preseason earlier than settling again in at guard in the beginning of the common season. He began in Michael Onwenu’s place at proper guard in Week 1, giving up 5 pressures in opposition to the Eagles, through PFF.
On the opposite finish, the Patriots shall be managing a comparatively skinny secondary for the second straight week. Along with Jones’s damage, each Marcus Jones and Jack Jones are nonetheless on injured reserve, leaving New England with out three of its prime 4 corners coming into the season.
The accidents to the Joneses aren’t the one ones the Patriots are coping with at nook, both. Shaun Wade was added to the damage report on Friday with a shoulder damage, making him questionable for Sunday’s recreation. Wade wasn’t dominated out of Sunday’s recreation although on Saturday, a possible indication that he traveled with the workforce to Dallas and that he has an opportunity to play on Sunday.
Wade ended up enjoying a giant position for the Patriots final week, serving as their second exterior nook alongside Christian Gonzalez. Myles Bryant, who largely performed slot nook, was the one different nook to play for the Patriots in Week 3.
The Patriots may add some reinforcements at secondary for Sunday’s recreation, regardless if Wade performs. They’ve two corners on their follow squad in Azizi Hearn and Breon Borders that they will name up. Security Joshuah Bledsoe can be on the follow squad. The third-year defensive again has performed some snaps at nook through the preseason previously for the Patriots.
New England can solely name up two gamers from the follow squad.
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