Friday, December 13, 2013
Week 15 Injury Report: Patriots at Dolphins
Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that the 2013 NFL regular season was starting. There are only three games left in the regular season and things got ramped up a notch last night for the Patriots (10-3) as the Broncos (11-3) unexpectedly lost at home to the Chargers. Now, New England can grab the No. 1 seed in the AFC if they just win their last three games.
That will be easier said than done, at least the next two weeks, as the Pats are at the Dolphins (7-6) on Sunday (1, CBS) then they host the Ravens (7-6) the following Sunday. The regular season finale vs. Buffalo is sure to be a laugher no matter the stakes. Both Miami and Baltimore usually give New England fits (well Miami does at home) so it is certainly possible that the Patriots lose one or both of those games.
Today the injury reports came out. Nine players are questionable for the Patriots: Aaron Dobson (foot), Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), Nate Solder (concussion), Brandon Spikes (knee), Will Svitek (ankle), Kyle Arrington (groin), Kenbrell Thompkins (hip), Marcus Cannon (ankle) and Alfonzo Dennard (knee). Dobson didn't play the last few weeks and Thompkins was out last week, with Rob Gronkowski done for the season at least one of those guys will have to play (you'd assume). Solder's concussion is the other thing to monitor since he's arguably their best offensive lineman.
Miami kept it simple (would Joe Philbin have it any other way?) as they listed two guys as questionable: cornerback Jamar Taylor (hamstring) and safety Reshad Jones (groin).
Stay tuned on Sunday when we'll be buried in snow (relatively speaking) in New England and the beautiful people in Miami will be out in full force wearing summer clothes.
UPDATE 12/14: Dobson and Thompkins are both out.
UPDATE 12/15: Patriots inactives are Chris Barker, Steve Beauharnais, Dobson, Thompkin, D.J. Williams, Jake Bequette and Michael Buchanan. Dolphins inactives are OG David Arkin, S D.J. Campbell, CB Justin Rogers, QB Pat Devlin, DT A.J. Francis (former Patriot), Taylor and G Danny Watkins.