Patriots - Dolphins: Final Injury Report

The New England Patriots will likely make a move to hold out two of their injured DBs on Sunday to give them an extra week before the bye to rest up. With the Miami Dolphins' struggles providing protection for the quarterback, New England appears in solid position to use the same lineup that held the Bengals high powered passing attack in check. Final injury report and analysis for week 5.

New England Patriots

OUT: n/a

QUESTIONABLE:
TE Daniel Graham, Ankle; S Artrell Hawkins, Thigh; dB Ellis Hobbs, Wrist; WR Chad Jackson, Hamstring; OL Nick Kaczur, Shoulder; S Eugene Wilson, Hamstring

PROBABLE:
dB Willie Andrews, Thigh; QB Tom Right Shoulder; OL Ryan O'Callaghan, Head; dB Antwain Spann, Shoulder

Players who did not participate in a portion of ''team'' practice:
Friday: Everyone except Brady

 

Miami Dolphins

OUT: none

DOUBTFUL: none

QUESTIONABLE:
LB Derrick Pope, Hamstring

PROBABLE:
OL Jeno James, Knee; dB Eddie Jackson, Toe; QB Daunte Culpepper, Right Shoulder

Players who did not participate in a portion of ''team'' practice:
Friday: Derrick Pope

KEY:
OUT: Definitely will not play.
DOUBTFUL: At least 75 percent chance will not play.
QUESTIONABLE: A 50-50 chance will not play.
PROBABLE: Virtual certainty that player will be available for normal duty.

 

ANALYSIS

Miami:

-- LB Derrick Pope was downgraded from probable to questionable on Friday. Channing Crowder is expected to start regardless of Pope's health. Zach Thomas and Donnie Spragan are the other starters with Keith Newman and Keith Adams as the backups

-- OL Jeno James was upgraded from questionable to probable on Friday.

-- Dolphins head coach Nick Saban left open the possibility Friday that Harrington might start because of Culpepper's bruised shoulder.Culpepper practiced on Friday, but Saban said a decision on the starter wouldn't be made until Sunday. Scout.com confirmed that the Dolphins intend to start Joey Harrington in Culpepper's place Sunday with the former Viking taking over as the No. 2 signal caller (link)

"This is not an issue relative to results or anything that has happened in games," said Saban. "It's a physical, medical, ability issue. Can the guy do what he needs to do to be successful? If we were 4-0 right now, we'd be having the same conversation."

QB Joey Harrington hasn't played a down during the regular season, but he looked fairly sharp in the preseason.

New England:

-- DB Ellis Hobbs is a virtual certainty that he'll be out as he recovers from a broken wrist. Being listed as questionable is being generous. IN his place Chad Scott will get the nod at corner opposite Asante Samuel.

-- S Eugene Wilson continues his recovery from a hamstring issue he suffered against Denver. Artrell Hawkins started in his place against the Bengals. Hawkins, who has his own battle with injury is expected to get the nod again. Second year safety James Sanders is available in case he's needed.

-- OL Ryan O'Callaghan was out with a head injury in week 4 against Cincinnati. If O' Callaghan cannot go, Wesley Britt is expected to get his second start. Britt shared time with OL Nick Kaczur last week. Kaczur is working his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in November 2005. Both players fared well, as Tom Brady was not sacked, and the Patriots managed 236 yards on the ground against the Bengals.

-- WR Chad Jackson played sparingly against the Bengals and has seen only light action thus far in the season as he rehabs a nagging hamstring injury. Jackson was used on a WR reverse against the Bengals which gained 10 yards. He also caught 2 passes for 9 yards. He should be available against the Dolphins.

-- DB Antwain Spann, activated prior to the Cincinnati game from the Patriots practice squad, played on special teams against the Bengals. He was banged up from the game and wore the red non-contact jersey at one point during the week. He appeared ready to participate in practice Friday shedding the red jersey. He will see action on special teams again.

 


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