McCourty practices, still doubtful for Monday night


Devin McCourty (shoulder) made a surprise return to Patriots practice Saturday, but he isn’t expected to suit up Monday night against the Chiefs.

New England’s best cornerback is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with the injury. The quick return to practice is a sign perhaps he’ll beat that estimate.

Linebackers Brandon Spikes (knee) and Dane Fletcher (thumb) have been ruled out for New England.  Pats safety James Ihedigbo (shoulder) is questionable for the Patriots.

The Chiefs ruled out quarterback Matt Cassel (hand), which was no surprise. Cornerbacks Brandon Carr (ankle) and Brandon Flowers (back), defensive end Glenn Dorsey (knee), and safety Jon McGraw (shoulder) are all questionable.

All of the questionable Chiefs were able to practice in some form this week, so they are decent bets to play.