Patriots Injury Report: Week 17 versus Jets

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

True, it was fourth-and-nine but the Jets were at the New England 17 at the time. And the injuries mounted: Dont'a Hightower, Derek Rivers, Shea McClellin, Marcus Cannon, Nate Ebner, Malcolm Mitchell.

The temperature in Foxboro, Mass., now is in single digits and isn't expected to top 13 degrees all day, which would make today's Week 17 matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Jets the coldest regular-season game in Patriots history.

While the Patriots now hold the number one seed in the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the same record and could overtake them in week 17 with a Pats loss to the New York Jets and a Steelers win over the Cleveland Browns. With stiff competition in the AFC playoff field, home field could be the difference between a seat on the couch or an eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and Belichick. Brady's 13th win as a starter this season tied him with Brett Favre for the most by a starting quarterback at age 40 or older.

After Catanzaro's 48-yard field goal made it 7-3 with 1:42 to go in the first quarter, the Patriots effectively put the game out of reach with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns.

The Patriots are now 43-10 in the last 24 years when the kickoff temperature is 34 degrees or colder, and it's becoming more clear just how out of the box Belichick will think if it means a possible Patriots edge. But the Patriots needed edge help, and their season is about to continue.

Right tackle, LaAdrian Waddle, who has been on and off the field for the last part of the season due to an ankle injury, was again limited in practice on Wednesday and will probably finish off the week as such. "I'm not going to lie to you on that one".

"That's all you can do. (Hackenberg will) come back next year, he'll work hard in the spring and we'll look at it then". He leaves nothing to chance and, said fullback James Develin, has the team prepared for every possibility every week.

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"I don't know, I think it's stupidity", McCourty joked about his teammates braving the cold.

Yes, this team has faults. "You look back at that now and reflect, we needed all of that". By all measures, it was a successful one, as the team finished 13-3 with the number one seed heading into the playoffs. "They give us the energy boost we need". But obviously we weren't good enough as a whole. "He hustles, he runs, he has really good speed, so it's something that kind of just fits his skill set really well". "I used to be a guy that tried to go no sleeves but when you've got to go out there and play you've got to do what makes you comfortable".

That is unknown but one more thing is not. "We went through adversity, ups and downs, but more downs than we wanted".

Petty was sacked four times as New England brought pressure throughout the entire day and they were constantly in the offensive backfield.

"Mom wasn't happy", Adams said after the game.

Minnesota (13-3) had a few flaws in their offense and special teams during their 23-10 win over Chicago (5-11) but got the win that guarantees them the No 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye in the playoffs. NY players filed past on their way to and from the field before the game. "We just kept pushing forward".

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