Checking in on the Slew of Injured Patriots
Foxborough, MA - The New England Patriots are no exception to the barrage of injuries that afflict every NFL team every season. The 2018 edition of the Patriots have been more prone to injuries than in past seasons, it seems, but it is a testament to the status of New England as a well-oiled machine that they have managed to not only weather the forces of injuries, but have actually been able to grow stronger as more and more players have gone down with injuries.
The Patriots have won six games in a row after being without a lot of players who were projected to be major focal point of the team going forward. Rex Burkhead, the team's top running back going into the season, is still on the injured reserve, but practicing this week and Jeremy Hill, of course, is out for the season with an ACL tear. Furthermore, Sony Michel, the next running back up has been sidelined for the past couple of weeks, leaving James White as the top Patriots back and Cordarrelle Patterson as a wide receiver who was forced to become a rusher.
White limped off the field on Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, but he returned to the field later and would score a touchdown. Michel, on the other hand, had initial suspicions that he would be out for the season, but has been practicing this week and is projected to make his return against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
As for other members of the team, some of the top Patriots' stars have been on the injured report weekly, including Dont'a Hightower and Rob Gronkowski. Hightower is expected to be back this week, but Gronk is probably going to be a weekly question mark for the rest of his career.
On the more reassuring side of things, the Patriots' top offensive lineman, Shaq Mason, returned to practice today and could make his return after the BYE week or even earlier. Additionally, Josh Gordon, the new top target for the Patriots, has been on the injury report every week at practice since he arrived in New England. That is, except for this week.