Friday, December 23, 2011
Patriots-Dolphins Injury Report
Sure tomorrow is Christmas Eve but more importantly, it is also when the New England Patriots (11-3) host the Miami Dolphins (5-9) at Gillette Stadium.
Let's get right to it with the injury report as 14 Patriots are listed as questionable. Brandon Spikes (knee), Kyle Arrington (foot), Deion Branch (groin), Patrick Chung (foot), Dan Connolly (groin), Julian Edelman (back), Dane Fletcher (thumb), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness), James Ihedigbo (shoulder), Devin McCourty (shoulder), Matthew Slater (shoulder), Shane Vereen (hamstring), Brian Waters (ankle) and Wes Welker (knee) are all 50/50 for tomorrow afternoon's game.
For Miami, tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion) has already been ruled out. That's the only guy on the Dolphins that is anything less than probable.
This is the start of a two-game homestand for the Pats that closes out the regular season. Both games are against AFC East foes as well since Buffalo comes to town on New Year's Day.
The stakes are simple: with a win, New England wraps up a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. If they beat the Dolphins and Bills, the Pats will also clinch the top seed in the AFC and the easiest road to the Super Bowl but first things first, time to take care of business the next two weekends.
The Pats won 38-24 back on September 12 in Miami. Expect another competitive game since the Dolphins have won five out of their last seven games. Quarterback Matt Moore has been playing well and running back Reggie Bush (973 yards rushing, 6 TDs) is about to break the 1000-yard mark for the first time in his career.