It wouldn’t be the week of a Patriots postseason game if there weren’t a handful of questions about injured stars.
But with this week’s centering around a trip of defensive standouts, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was no more forthcoming than you’d expect about the conditions of Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones and Jerod Mayo. All three left in the second half against the Chiefs, but with players getting today off, there was no update (such that there will be later).
“When we’re required to give them, we’ll make sure you get them right away,” Patriots coach Belichick said Monday, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “Again, we didn’t practice yesterday, we’re not practicing today, so until we actually go out there and do those things I think there are a lot of players that we won’t really know for sure where they’re at until they go out there and try to practice and do things at the level or close to the level we’ll need to do them on Sunday. Really that’s kind of the way it is every week and the way it is with every guy.”
The classics, they never go out of style.
Collins was hurt early in the third quarter on a tackle, tried to come back for one more snap but couldn’t continue, and had a wrap around his torso afterward. Mayo came in to replace him, but left with a shoulder injury.
Jones might be the biggest concern, leaving with a non-contact injury to his right leg.
After last week’s problems, any trips he makes to the hospital will certainly be closely monitored though.