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Patriots dealing with injury concerns on defense

during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Getty Images

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.

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29 Responses to “Patriots dealing with injury concerns on defense”
  1. joetoronto says: Jan 19, 2016 6:45 AM

    It’s a good thing the Mules don’t have a QB worth a damn.

  2. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:01 AM

    it is what it is. hope these guys can all play, but if they can’t, then someone else will and the team will do the best they can.

    Go Pats!

  3. mymanmccoy says: Jan 19, 2016 7:08 AM

    Everybody(media) whines because Bill never gives them what they want and they are called “classics.” Well, the media has created this because the media twists words no matter what you say. If you want a real story and real quotes from players/coaches, try actually telling the truth for once.

  4. bostonloyalty says: Jan 19, 2016 7:10 AM

    No NO NO.
    PLEASE WE NEED 2 more healthy games
    For the 🐐👍ring #5💍

  5. worldizending says: Jan 19, 2016 7:19 AM

    This year, the most injured team in the NFL is the New England Patriots. Yet they have still manged to advance to the AFC title game. You never hear anyone (other than the fans) from the organization complain or point a finger at the injury bug. Here is hoping some of these guys can make it back to help them get to SB 50.

  6. weepingjebus says: Jan 19, 2016 7:31 AM

    Seems like a reasonable explanation to me. If he guessed instead, he’d be accused of cheating that way too. Anyway, any news on Luck’s ribs? The Colts have had about 8 weeks to figure it out now.

  7. fanofsportsman says: Jan 19, 2016 7:37 AM

    ohh yea, we can believe Belicheat! I heard he is going to announce Gronk’s broken back might be OK, but he had an appendectomy and might be listed as questionable. Edlemans foot is OK now, but he broke his leg last week and is probable. Brady lost his blankie so he is very distraught and is questionable too….

  8. rootpain says: Jan 19, 2016 7:45 AM

    When the Patriots were in full strength this year, they were untouchable. The Panthers won more games but they were very beatable.
    The Patriots injuries is just their way of contributing to the whole parity thing. Accept it as a gift. Just don’t expect them to hand you the Lombardi. That’s not happening.

  9. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 19, 2016 7:56 AM

    Other teams use injuries as an excuse…….with 17 guys on IR..This team does not………..

  10. rutledge3197 says: Jan 19, 2016 8:15 AM

    Boo hoo ….. Nobody cares

  11. ausernamethatisavailable says: Jan 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    Everyone is dealing with injuries. Only difference is the panthers have all of their good players healthy. I don’t remember a path clear for a team much better than it has this year for the panthers. Don’t get me wrong they are a very good team. I just don’t think they were the best team and they are going to win the super bowl. Cupcake regular season and all of their nfc competition has been decimated with injuries. Arizona qb has a gimp index finger on his throwing hand and even if Rodgers would have won last week we all know their injury issues and Cobb would not play. On the afc side NE is all banged up and Peyton is actually healthy bc he has been off for six weeks and that is another break for the panthers bc no way Denver o line is going to hold up against Carolina.

  12. dollahdave says: Jan 19, 2016 8:31 AM

    They should beat Denver the way they are,after those 2 games were played and should be OK going into the SB.

  13. streetyson says: Jan 19, 2016 8:37 AM

    Ooh, I love a good non-mystery! Jones wasn’t rushed off to the locker rooms, he just sat out on the bench, as did Colins (though with a shoulder wrap). Both, along with Mayo and several others, were known to be quite banged up before KC, and limited in the game with a lot of rotating. The media love to play the evasive-hoodie persona, but BB wasn’t giving “classic” evasion answers – they’ve a lot of still-banged-up guys and he won’t know just how questionable/limited until testing all those walking wounded on Wednesday – not sure what else he can say until then.

  14. quinzze says: Jan 19, 2016 8:52 AM

    Just like the Halloween game in 04 when the Pats where down players and lost to Pittsburg only to smoke them in the AFCCG is what this game will be like. If Collins Jones and Mayo play the Pats roll if they don’t it’s a close game and will be decided by the refs. Let’s hope they play.

  15. listenup823 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:14 AM

    Haha. Pats fans already blaming the refs for their loss on Sunday! Classic!

  16. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 19, 2016 9:15 AM

    With Hightower limited the loss of Collins was huge. No one they can plug in comes close to their range and versatility. Freeny is a decent situational substitution but he is not an every down player and was exposed in the second half. With Jones out Sheard can be rotated into his spot there’s a significant speed drop off but at least it’s not creating a gaping hole

  17. fanofsportsman says: Jan 19, 2016 9:50 AM

    Everybody talks about all these Pat’s injuries this year, the only problem is since it is Belicheat announcing them does anyone believe they are true? Great example last week, did Gronk look like he had a bad back and knee (and where was his brace for his knee?)? Did Edlemanlook like he should have been listed as questionable?
    They are a great team, it’s too bad most of America (except the Pat trolls here) just consider them a bunch of cheaters, and believe me, Brady’s legacy will always be tarnished by this fact.

  18. homelanddefense says: Jan 19, 2016 10:21 AM

    Actually, if you have watched Gronk play, you would see that he does look slow. I know he had a nice stat line but he was not running right. It was pretty obvious.

  19. luvthatdirtywater1 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:26 AM

    Keep up the hatn’ trolls, pathetic, but I love it!We’ll just keep on winning and that’s pure karma baby!!!!!

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:29 AM

    Hilarious that people think “Belicheat” and such are still original or actually funny.

    Best coach in league by far. Every one of you would be jumping up and down laughing and going YEAH YEAH if he became the coach of your team.

  21. aljack88 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:54 AM

    fanofsportsman says:
    Jan 19, 2016 9:50 AM
    Everybody talks about all these Pat’s injuries this year, the only problem is since it is Belicheat announcing them does anyone believe they are true? Great example last week, did Gronk look like he had a bad back and knee (and where was his brace for his knee?)? Did Edlemanlook like he should have been listed as questionable?
    Gronk has not been the same his injuring his knee in Denver; was receiving treatment for it at a Boston hospital last week. If the knee wasn’t listed on the injury report, THAT would have been a violation. Just like the Colts not listing Luck’s ribs.
    Edleman was playing his first game since breaking that bone in his foot back in November; same injury as Dez Bryant I believe. He was wearing a special brace in his shoe to help support his foot. Not reporting THAT would have been a violation.

  22. tylawspick6 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:00 AM

    And their GM. Bets coach in NFL history and the best GM ever.

    What he’s doing in the cap era is absolutely incredible.

    It’s why SPygate and Deflategate as lies, actually even exist.

  23. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 19, 2016 11:27 AM

    fanofsportsman says:
    Jan 19, 2016 9:50 AM

    “They are a great team, it’s too bad most of America (except the Pat trolls here) just consider them a bunch of cheaters, and believe me, Brady’s legacy will always be tarnished by this fact.”
    Most Pro-bowl Votes this year 2015 – Tom Brady
    Top NFL Jersey sales 2015 – Tom Brady

    Unless you show me that ALL NFL jersey sales and all Pro Bowl votes can only come from the state of Massachusetts, I’m going to go ahead and say the Pats, and their star QB, are still wildly popular in the US.

    No tarnish…just championships

  24. solo681 says: Jan 19, 2016 12:11 PM

    I really was hoping that they would of & should of replaced Mayo BEFORE the end of the regular season games. He cannot stay on the field for three years running now.

    Just as Andy Reid has terrible clock management so have the Patriots Coaching/Personnel Staff have TERRIBLE management & backup plans for all of the injuries occurred this season.

    What a shame and waste of Brady’s talents not to have a tall/big WR with GREAT hands to make defenses shudder with fear added to Gronk, Edelman and Amendola. LaFell has been a NO-SHOW this year with too many drops. He does not show any effort like Edelman & Amendola.

  25. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 19, 2016 1:02 PM

    More fake injury stuff? Come on Belichick, you’re better than this! You are fooling no one!!

  26. carpanfan95 says: Jan 19, 2016 4:18 PM

    Guys and Gals it don’t matter. There is a team in the NFC that’s going to win it anyway.

    Panthers are roaring and pouncing on everyone who is in the way.

    I don’t see Brady or Manning standing up to long under so much pressure.

  27. tbisgod says: Jan 19, 2016 8:06 PM

    I just realized that along with our 4 SB wins, we also have the 4 losses. If we lost in this year’s bowl, we would have the most losses (5) all time.
    I love being in it, BUT THAT CANT HAPPEN.

  28. longjohnsilver601 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:55 PM

    I’m actually more confident about the Pat’s this week than against the Chiefs. With Nink, Hightower and Sheard, capable DB’s and generally a very good front 7, I think we’ll be fine against this less than inspired offense. Last time we played Denver both Jules and Danny were out, this will be a much improved offense, and lets hope special teams don’t turn the ball over this time! Go Pats!

  29. bunkerhillbob says: Jan 20, 2016 9:43 AM

    Mayo is done for the year, put on IR yesterday. Freeney takes his spot.

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