CB Xavier Rhodes wasn’t practicing Wednesday and was simply hoping to make it back to practice by Friday from a groin injury suffered in Sunday’s opener against the St. Louis Rams.
“I’m going to take it day by day and I’ll know by Friday,” Rhodes said.
Mike Zimmer said he didn’t think Rhodes or defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) would get any work on Wednesday and they didn’t. That could be especially troubling going against a Patriots offense that isn’t afraid to throw the ball often and spread out a defense with three or more receivers on the field.
In a 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Patriots had three receivers on the field for 35 of their 80 offensive plays.
“They do a great job in their spread packages and empty packages and getting guys down in different matchups,” Zimmer said. “It’s always been a big thing they run. It could be a lot different of a challenge. Over the course of the years, they’ve changed from time to time. One time they come out they’ll try to establish the run and really pound it. Other days they’ll want to come out and spread it. We’re preparing for a lot of different scenarios.”
Last week, Tom Brady completed 29 of 56 passes (only a 51.8 completion percentage) for 249 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
“Each and every week is difficult. These guys, they have a lot of great players and also they have a great Hall of Fame quarterback,” Rhodes said. “You have to prepare for Tom Brady and his receivers.”
Linebacker Brandon Watts (knee) also wasn’t practicing Wednesday and is likely going to miss a second straight week.
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