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2018 Schedule
1-1, 2nd in AFC East
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10hMike Reiss

Pats rule out defensive starters Chung, Flowers

Concussions will force the Patriots to play without defensive starters Patrick Chung and Trey Flowers in the team's Sunday night game against the Lions.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have downgraded starting safety Patrick Chung (concussion), starting defensive end Trey Flowers (concussion) and starting cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) to out for Sunday night's game against the Lions. With the team not downgrading WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), the newly-acquired pass-catcher remains questionable (50-50 chance to play) for the game. Without Chung, the Patriots figure to turn to six-year veteran Duron Harmon to fill his role at safety. Without Flowers, it likely means that 2017 third-round pick Derek Rivers will be active for his first regular-season game, with Keionta Davis and Deatrich Wise starting at DE. And Rowe was benched last week after two series and replaced by Jason McCourty, which could continue Sunday night.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Some good on the Patriots' injury front on Saturday, as starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (calf) and core special teams player Nate Ebner (hip) both made the trip to Detroit. Cannon and Ebner are listed as questionable on the team's injury report, giving them a 50-50 chance of playing.

Brady not concerned about Gordon fitting in (1:02)
2d

Should Jets Fans Be Worried?

Tony Reali and the national panel debate if Jets fans should be worried about Sam Darnold, if Baker Mayfield is the real deal, expectations on how Carson Wentz will play against the Colts and much more.

2d

Is Baker The Savior?

Dan Le Batard, Papi and Michael Smith question if they are ready to anoint Baker Mayfield the "Savior Of The Browns", if we were too quick to anoint Sam Darnold, if Colin Kaepernick will join the Patriots and much more.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots ruled out pass-catching TE Jacob Hollister for Sunday night's game with a chest injury, an unexpected turn as a result of a hard fall in practice. Hollister's absence isn't expected to be long-term, but could be a couple weeks. Meanwhile, starting safety Patrick Chung (concussion) and starting DE Trey Flowers (concussion) haven't practiced all week and are officially doubtful. The team also removed TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) from the injury report, while listing the following players as questionable: OT Marcus Cannon (calf), CB Keion Crossen (hamstring), S Nate Ebner (hip), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) and CB Eric Rowe (groin).

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2dMike Reiss

Brady calls Gordon pairing a work in progress

While Josh Gordon's availability for Sunday night remains 50-50, Patriots players have been 100 percent sold on his talent. "He's a tremendous athlete, a great receiver. Glad to have him," said Dont'a Hightower.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady kept his remarks on newly acquired WR Josh Gordon brief on Friday, saying that while he has thrown balls to him in practice, Gordon has only been with the team a few days. His first impressions? "Really eager to get in there and learn. Trying to acclimate himself to what the program is," Brady said.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Second-year TE Jacob Hollister, who has not been listed on the injury report this week, was not spotted during the media-access portion of practice Friday. So his status becomes something to watch closely for when Friday's injury report is released later in the day. Meanwhile, safety Patrick Chung (concussion) and DE Trey Flowers (concussion) were not spotted, which puts both of their status in doubt for Sunday night's game against the Lions as they haven't practiced all week. TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) looked like he was moving well.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick leads off his news conference addressing WR Josh Gordon, calling him a smart kid who has worked hard and picked up a lot this week. Of Gordon's past struggles with substance abuse, and how the Patriots might help him, Belichick said, "I wouldn't talk about another player's personal or injury situations. So I'm not going to do that."

Fitting into the Pats' culture will be a challenge for Gordon (0:37)
Bruschi thinks Pats have too many weapons for Lions (0:33)
3d

Barnwell Show: Doug Kyed on the Pats & Alan Sepinwall on the Giants

Bill talks to Doug Kyed of NESN about the Patriots trying to integrate Josh Gordon to the offense and the defense getting off to a slow start (1:12). Plus, Giants fan Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone joins to discuss whether or not it is time to panic in NYC and if he's jealous of the Jets for taking Darnold (26:53).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cyrus Jones draws a big crowd in the locker room and says he never considered not coming back after a rocky two years, as he is appreciative of having a job. He was surprised, however, that his return came so soon.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) remained limited in practice for the second day in a row, while TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was a new addition to the injury report as a limited participant. DE Trey Flowers (concussion) and S Patrick Chung (concussion) did not practice for the second day in a row, while starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (calf), CB Keion Crossen (hamstring), S Nate Ebner (hip) and CB Eric Rowe (groin) were limited along with Gordon and Gronkowski.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Cyrus Jones warming up with the safeties at practice.

Bruschi says Patricia 'may have a little bit of an advantage' when facing Belichick (1:36)

Team Stats

Passing Yards243.517th
Rushing Yards102.0Tied-18th
Points For23.5Tied-13th
Points Against25.5Tied-20th

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