FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots had perfect attendance during Wednesday’s practice at sweltering Gillette Stadium, but New England could still fall behind some key players in Sunday’s season opener against the Eagles.
New England released its first injury report of the 2023 season on Wednesday night, classifying five players as “limited” ahead of an expected game against Philadelphia.
Here’s New England’s first injury report of the new season:
OT Trent Brown – Disease
CB Jack Jones – Hamstrings
OL Mike Onwenu – ankle
WR DeVante Parker – Knee
OL Cole Strange – Knee
While no player has been ruled out for Sunday, it is concerning that three of New England’s offensive starters are currently somewhat limited.
Onwenu and Strange’s status isn’t much of a surprise. Onwenu was only removed from the PUP roster near the end of preseason while recovering from offseason ankle surgery, while Strange has been limited for the past month and more after injuring his knee during the Patriots’ first padded practice at training camp .
It’s worth keeping an eye on Brown’s condition as New England is already in tough shape and no starter is named at RT.
Even if Brown, Strange and Onwenu get the green light to play, the Patriots will still have their hands full thwarting a fierce pass rush in Philly.
The Eagles totaled 70.0 sacks last season, 15 more than the second-placed Steelers. In addition to proven edge rushers Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat, Philadelphia also has veterans like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham, as well as two talented youngsters like Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter.
Parker missed two training sessions last week but returned on Monday and took an active part in preparing for Week 1.
Jones’ current illness could undo some of the recent developments that have happened to him. On Tuesday, the Suffolk County District Attorney dropped the firearms charges Jones faced after his June arrest at Logan Airport, in exchange for a year’s probation before trial and 48 hours of community service.
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