The New England Patriots benefitted Thursday by an inaccurate kicker in Tampa Bay’s Nick Folk, helping to lead to a Pats victory. The Tampa Bay defense was able to stall quarterback Tom Brady’s offense through most of the game, keeping them to four field goals and a single touchdown. In turn, the Patriots defense was able to step up and hold the Buccaneers to two touchdowns.
The Bucs had three chances to score on a field goal, and kicker Nick Folk missed all of his attempts. This could have been the difference in the game as the Patriots won the game by five points.
Tight-end Rob Gronkowski (Thigh) and running back Rex Burkhead (Ribs) were both absent from the game due to injury. Both should be on the active roster for Sunday, even though Gronkowski is listed as not practicing Wednesday.
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Of the Patriots players who did not practice, Tom Brady (Left Shoulder) was the most concerning. He got banged up during the game on Thursday and was not present at the beginning of practice on Wednesday. Brady injured his left shoulder vs the Carolina Panthers and aggravated it during the game on against the Buccaneers.
The day off could be extra rest to help with the shoulder. He should be active against the New York Jets.
Defensive back Eric Rowe (Groin) was a last-minute scratch Thursday after he re-injured his groin in the game against the Panthers. He did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable to play Sunday.
Offensive tackle Nate Solder also did not practice Wednesday, but he is listed as a noninjury.
Five other players were listed as limited in practice: offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (Ankle), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (Ankle), linebackers Dont’a Hightower (Knee) and Elandon Roberts (Ankle), and Matthew Slater (Hamstring).
On the New York Jets side, they have two possible serious injuries. Their starting running back Bilal Powell (Calf) did not practice on Wednesday, and his status is uncertain for the game. He strained his calf in the when over the Browns on Sunday. Look for running back Elijah McGuire to take the bulk of the carries against the Patriots during their match.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder/Toe) was the other Jet who sat out of practice on Wednesday. He has been nursing a sprained shoulder and recently injured his toe. Not many details have been released about the injuries, so his status is unknown for Sunday.
Four players were limited in practice: defensive back Darryl Roberts (Hamstring), defensive lineman Kony Ealy (Shoulder), running back Matt Forte (Knee/Toe), and defensive back Justin Burris (Foot).