Patriots list 16 questionable players for Sunday

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Based on Friday’s injury report, there’s a chance some key players for the Patriots may have to sit out Sunday’s AFC title game in Denver.

Given all of the choices, it’s anybody’s guess which of them might actually be in jeopardy of missing the game. The Patriots had 16 limited participants in practice the last two days and all of them drew the questionable tag for the Broncos.

Linebacker is a particularly questionable spot. Darius Fleming (back/shin), Jonathan Freeny (hand), Dont’a Hightower (knee) and Jamie Collins (back) are all on the injury list and Jerod Mayo has already been placed on injured reserve. The Patriots missed Collins and Hightower a great deal in the second half of the regular season loss to Denver.

Defensive ends Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) and Rob Ninkovich (shin) make for further uncertainty in the front seven.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (foot), tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee/back) and tackle Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) all played against the Chiefs last week without aappearing to suffer any setbacks. Center Bryan Stork (ankle) left last Sunday’s win for a brief period and guard Tre’ Jackson (knee) missed the game altogether.

Tight end Scott Chandler (knee), defensive back Nate Ebner (hand), special teamer Matthew Slater (shin) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) round out the questionable group.

There are probably a handful of probable players mixed in that group and there were five that actually drew the designation, including quarterback Tom Brady (ankle).

39 responses to “Patriots list 16 questionable players for Sunday

  1. Since questionable means 50/50 to play, that means on average 8 of these 16 should miss the game. I bet 1 or 2 miss at most. Patriots are just messing with the injury report.

  2. usmutts
    Jan 22, 2016, 2:52 PM EST
    The Patriots haven’t filed an honest injury report since 2001.
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    They play it by the rules. Now those folks in Indy………..

  3. Pats fill out the injury report exactly as they are required. If a player is limited in practice, they are considered questionable.

    There’s nothing in the rules that say they should go out of their way to let the other team know exactly how each player is feeling. The fact that this still gets press like reading an article titled “Sky still blue”…

  4. jim111111 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 2:50 PM
    Since questionable means 50/50 to play, that means on average 8 of these 16 should miss the game. I bet 1 or 2 miss at most. Patriots are just messing with the injury report.

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    This is only applies to ‘averages’ over seasons. Not individual games. For example Rob Gronkowski’s ability to go has little to do with Jamie Collins.

    Yes. The Patriots are manipulating the injury report, but you can’t tell that because 8 players won’t be inactive (only 7 will, at maximum – per NFL rules).

    You can tell that because Bill Belichick has shown complete disdain for the injury report every time he’s asked about it. [and I personally think every coach should protect his players by giving the finger to the league on this matter]

  5. And now 100’s of comments from the crying masses continuing their collective, year long, mental breakdown over everything Patriots.

    You people really are pathetic. Get over it.

  6. Come on it’s Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning in the playoffs…we all know what’s going to happen…

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    Yep, Peyton beat Tom the last two times their teams meet in the playoffs.

  7. usmutts says:
    Jan 22, 2016 2:52 PM
    The Patriots haven’t filed an honest injury report since 2001.
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    The funny part of that is NE’s injuries are scrupulously reported in accordance with league guidelines. Ever since they got banged on for something so trivial no one seems to remember it anymore, if a player has a hangnail and a trainer attends to it or so much as hands him a bandaid it’s on there. If The Hoodie gives it much thought at all it is probably only with amusement that someone at 345 Park Ave is poring over it

  8. Probable designation according to NFL means a near certainty of playing. The Patriots are protecting themselves against the vultures in NY who would love to catch the Patriots not playing someone who was supposed to play. That’s why the questionable designations.
    If all of them play, too freaking bad, NFL.

  9. In BB’s defense, the NFL more or less asks for teams to do this. They only ever seem to penalize teams for insufficient inclusions or inaccurate inclusions on the injury report, never for including too much. So if someone got even a minor treatment on a knee that week, the safest thing to do is include them on the injury report and if there’s any doubt at all about availability (i.e. even at a level that we would consider “probable”) to list them as questionable. The NFL could police this in a better way that would make the injury reports more meaningful, but for whatever reason they choose not to. BB is really just responding to the incentives that the league’s enforcement have set up.

  10. I love that Bronco fans say that the Patriots are playing games with the injury report, but the Broncos played games with Manning being injured. Wasn’t on the injury report, then played terribly, and the Broncos said it was because he was injured…

  11. Let’s be honest…the only reason there is an injury report is for gambling. Teams don’t base their preparation on the injury report. I like the way hockey does it…upper body injury or lower body injury…no specifics at all.

  12. Hightower/Collins are back. Denver won’t be able to run all over New England like last time.

    Patriots scored 24 last time and now Edelman/Amendola are back and the O line is healthier.

    Patriots: 31
    Broncos: 17

  13. How many are aware that all practices are filmed? This is done because the league mandates it. They want proof of whether or not players really did or did not practice. So once again folks accusing the Patriots of baseless, fact less infractions. You know, like the sting a.k.a. deflategate.

  14. “Since questionable means 50/50 to play, that means on average 8 of these 16 should miss the game. I bet 1 or 2 miss at most. Patriots are just messing with the injury report.”

    LOL….I bet you’re the kinda guy that bets huge on Black after you see 4 or 5 Red numbers in a row at the roulette table.

    Here’s a clue, that’s not how averages or probability works when dealing with individual instances. If you flip a coin 10 times, that is 10 separate occurrences with 50/50 probability. You might get 10 heads in a row, or 10 tails in a row, or 7 or 5.

    Hope that helps.

  15. gysot says:
    Jan 22, 2016 3:08 PM

    The Deflator is probable for Sunday.
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    Wow! Denver actually has a deflator? Why hasn’t this been investigated? The game is in Denver dufuss. Geez there’s no end to the stupidity.

  16. I’ve got an injury report showing another dozen Pats knocked out of the game, but you prolly don’t want to see that one. Do me a favor Pat fans, win or lose, no whining and no excuses. You’ll get none here.

  17. Jim111111:

    Since questionable means 50/50 to play, that means on average 8 of these 16 should miss the game. I bet 1 or 2 miss at most.
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    Someone doesn’t quite grasp probability. The probability of heads on a coin toss is 50%, theoretically. However if you flip one ten times it’s entirely possible to get a run of ten tails. And nothing about the ten previous flips is predictive of the following ten–which is known as the “gambler fallacy.” Every event has identical probability, independent of prior events. The larger the sample, the better defined the odds become. Events define odds, not the other way around.

    Also, injury status isn’t true probability. It’s value is subjective. To derive odds you need to look at the history of injury status reports bY each coach.

    The NFL’s rules regarding injury status are ignorant of probability. What if a player is injured but likely to play? The coach can ignore the injury, or list as “questionable”–even though there is very little question about that players likelihood to play. That’s what Belichick does, and it is yet another example of how he is smarter than the rest of the league. In typical fashion, he’s applying the rule correctly, and because he’s the only one, people think he’s “cheating.”

  18. If you think the Injury Report some how relates to NE cheating then you really really really are just an angry troll.

    Step back from your sad little life and let go of your jealousy.

  19. It continues to amaze me how most other teams in the league conduct their business in far worse fashions, yet never experience the same kind of media generated suspicion and disdain that NE experiences. I would wager that NE runs a much cleaner ship than just about every other franchise out there. Jon Harbaugh openly flouted the injury report rules and we heard nothing. Denver clearly lied about Mannings injuries the last two seasons, and we hear….nothing. Manning has HGH shipped to his house under his wife’s name, and we hear…..nothing. The Patriots were actually investigated, and cleared of any wrong doing by the NFL. Would your team stand up to an investigation?

    A vote for Manning this weekend is a vote for a Super Bowl Blowout.

  20. “The Deflator is probable for Sunday.”

    Ah another science denier.

    So when you get on a plane do you pray the engine elves have enough magic pixie dust that the plane will make it all the way without crashing ?

    Belichick used to be very stingy with injury reports until in I believe early 2002 regular season he and the team were both fined 25k for not disclosing an injury.

    That injury ? A tiny cut literally approximately 1/4′ long that was nothing more than a shaving cut on one of the receiver’s hands’ It could not possibly have effected his play yet the league came down on them.

    That’s why he’s gone the total opposite ever since then with the injury reports.

  21. kg6784 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 3:18 PM

    In BB’s defense, the NFL more or less asks for teams to do this.

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    Is that why only Bilicheat does it?

  22. Oh yes, please do thumbs down your lessons in probability and odds.

    LOL, you’re wrong and giving thumbs down might help you deal with your emotions but it doesn’t change reality.

  23. “Is that why only Bilicheat does it?”

    Be honest. If he didn’t list injuries you’d be in here crying about that too. Obviously. The guy files the injury reports exactly as he is asked to and you people STILL meltdown over it.

    Seek professional help.

  24. If this were Week 17, most of those guys wouldn’t be playing. It’s AFC CG and they are still dinged up and he’s listing those players with limited participation as questionable. If he listed them as doubtful and then they played, I could see why some would have issue with it, but Patriot haters should stop whining for once. You guys are like a broken record.

  25. If its not covered in the rule book, heck go ahead and do it. The pats way.

    When you buy a plane ticket don’t expect them to make you an astronaut.

  26. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 4:13 PM
    “The Deflator is probable for Sunday.”

    Ah another science denier.

    So when you get on a plane do you pray the engine elves have enough magic pixie dust that the plane will make it all the way without crashing ?

    Belichick used to be very stingy with injury reports until in I believe early 2002 regular season he and the team were both fined 25k for not disclosing an injury.

    That injury ? A tiny cut literally approximately 1/4′ long that was nothing more than a shaving cut on one of the receiver’s hands’ It could not possibly have effected his play yet the league came down on them.

    That’s why he’s gone the total opposite ever since then with the injury reports.

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    Great, now you have started the next scandal. Patriots players shave their hands for aerodynamic reasons. Call Ted Wells, and let’s get this party started.

  27. Since questionable means 50/50 to play, that means on average 8 of these 16 should miss the game. I bet 1 or 2 miss at most. Patriots are just messing with the injury report.
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    Dear Genius.

    This only holds true if one player’s playing hinges on another’s ability to also play.

  28. Jim111111:

    Since questionable means 50/50 to play, that means on average 8 of these 16 should miss the game. I bet 1 or 2 miss at most.
    ____________

    Someone doesn’t quite grasp probability. The probability of heads on a coin toss is 50%, theoretically. However if you flip one ten times it’s entirely possible to get a run of ten tails. And nothing about the ten previous flips is predictive of the following ten–which is known as the “gambler fallacy.” Every event has identical probability, independent of prior events. The larger the sample, the better defined the odds become. Events define odds, not the other way around.

    Also, injury status isn’t true probability. It’s value is subjective. To derive odds you need to look at the history of injury status reports bY each coach.

    The NFL’s rules regarding injury status are ignorant of probability. What if a player is injured but likely to play? The coach can ignore the injury, or list as “questionable”–even though there is very little question about that players likelihood to play. That’s what Belichick does, and it is yet another example of how he is smarter than the rest of the league. In typical fashion, he’s applying the rule

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    And here is a more erudite explanation of everything that I didn’t say with what little I said at all.

  29. Reality: At this point there have been 3 pre-season games, 16 regular season games and each team has played one playoff game. All four teams could put all 53 players plus everyone on the practice squad on The Injury Report and be accurate and honest. It’s Professional Football at the end of the season. Every player is playing hurt in some way.

    There are four really good teams playing on Sunday. Lets enjoy it for what it is. Lets hope the players decide the outcomes, not the zebras or the replay booth.

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