Report: Ankle injury won’t cause Devin McCourty to miss playoffs

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The Patriots have seen several key players get hurt in the last few weeks and safety Devin McCourty was added to the list on Sunday night.

McCourty had to leave the victory over the Texans after injuring his ankle, but initial word is that they won’t have to worry about replacing him once the postseason gets underway.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that X-rays on McCourty’s ankle were negative and that he suffered a sprained ankle. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that there’s some fear that McCourty is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, but Rapoport reports that it is “nothing that’ll cause him to miss the playoffs.”

If it is a high-ankle sprain, there’s a good chance it will cost him some regular season time. Duron Harmon replaced McCourty against Houston and would likely remain in the lineup if McCourty is held out while he’s recovering.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Dominique Easley and linebacker Jonathan Freeny also suffered injuries during the game. Their status is unlikely to be updated by the team before they release their first practice report of the week on Wednesday.

32 responses to “Report: Ankle injury won’t cause Devin McCourty to miss playoffs

  1. More good news for the Champs. Speaking of which, according to the ridiculously addictive playoff generator put together by the bespectacled hipsters at the NY Times, even if the Patriots lose out they will be no worse than the 3 seed. Unclear if this means the league will let the refs go back to calling their games in a neutral fashion.

  2. .
    Luckily the Patriots have the Titans at home this this week and should be okay with Duron Harmon filling in.

    When the season started I thought Belichick had assembled one of his strongest and deepest rosters of his tenure . Injuries have waylaid much of his good offseason work.
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  3. Truly a soft team, which also happens to lead the AFC with the number 1 seed.

    and also, the reigning super bowl champs.

    so soft…

    what does that say about the rest of the AFC?

  4. PatriotsCheat,FansDenyDenyAccuse says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:39 AM

    really soft team.
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    Who are the really tough teams?

    And what is the Patriots record against them?

  5. Or how the Broncos were caught on replays committing NUMEROUS penalties with no calls.

    Loved how the refs over-turned the CLEAR James White catch, too.

    Can it be any more obvious, Sheriff Goebbels?

  6. Wait for it… The trolls obsessed with the Patriots – some so sick they change their screen name – will use the news that the Pats will be at full strength in the playoffs to promote their obsessive Patriots hating

    Belichick is in the fans heads as well but it’s a win win because they can delude themselves that the reason their teams are losers MUST be because the Pats cheat

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:54 AM

    Loved how the refs over-turned the CLEAR James White catch, too.
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    Agreed. There was no conclusive video which showed that his heel ever touched the line. Looked like his toe landed in bounds and the heel never touched anything.

  8. Going into this weekend the Patriots trailed only the Giants with 151 man games lost to injuries. The Giants stink. Baltimore also lost 151 games to injuries. The Ravens stink. Hate all you want but what NE has been able to accomplish is to be admired. Lesser teams led by lesser leaders would have and did fall apart. Don’t believe me? Look it up. Stick it haters, the Patriots are simply amazing.

  9. When the season started I thought Belichick had assembled one of his strongest and deepest rosters of his tenure . Injuries have waylaid much of his good offseason work.

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    He did, and thank goodness. Imagine in what shape we’d be in if he hadn’t. We’d be Ravenisq or Coltish, where the dependence on one or two key players would dictate the success of the entire team.

    Only Denver seems to have the same kind of roster depth, but they’ve been luckier on the injury side. Bill’s done a great job of having those back up/replacement players already scouted and auditioned if you will, ready to go. Johnson last night was the perfect example.

    Not too many other teams, this late into the season, have as complex a system as we do and can bring seemingly nobodies in and have them effect. About the only area we suck at in this is a guy with a decent pair of hands, capable of hanging onto the ball on kick returns.

  10. Loved how the refs over-turned the CLEAR James White catch, too.
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    Agreed. There was no conclusive video which showed that his heel ever touched the line. Looked like his toe landed in bounds and the heel never touched anything.
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    …and the call on the field was a catch. If anything, you say there isn’t conclusive evidence to overturn…

  11. Unfortunate that McCourty is hurt but at least not too serious and Harmon should do alright. Another thing is that the Pat’s D is going to be very good for a number of years with all the young talent it has.

    Two of the best young CB’s in Butler and Ryan, two very good safeties in McCourty and Chung. Two of the NFL’s best LB’s in Hightower and Collins and the DL is stacked with talented players. Brown, Jones and Easley, if he can stay healthy. Hicks, Ninkovich, Branch and Sheard, who was a freaking beast last night!

    The D just keeps getting better and better. If the offense can get healthy and the OL straightens out it’s troubles this playoff run should be very, very entertaining.

  12. footballfan825 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 1:03 PM
    What will you say when the patriots get all their players back for the playoffs and lose to Pittsburgh? I can hear the complaining about the refs already….

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    Pittsburgh looks like the best competition for the Pats in the AFC. It would be good game for sure. But I see the Patriots playing the Seahawks again this year in the SB.

  13. It makes me happy when the Pats win. It makes me even happier how other fans cannot deal with the Patriots winning. It really, really, really upsets them.

  14. footballfan825 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 1:03 PM
    What will you say when the Patriots get all their players back for the playoffs and lose to Pittsburgh? I can hear the complaining about the refs already….
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    I would say we got caught in a time warp of some kind and misplaced all of 2016 since some of those starters are on IR. But if the Pats got back everyone that is eligible to return and were beaten by the Steelers I would tip my cap and congratulate them. As I would any team good enough to go into Foxboro and win in January. As did many of us did to the Eagles last week for that matter.

  15. footballfan825 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 1:03 PM

    What will you say when the patriots get all their players back for the playoffs and lose to Pittsburgh? I can hear the complaining about the refs already….
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    It’s a ridiculous notion.

    There is no possible way a Tomlin-Haley coached team is going to beat Belichick.

    Speaking for all Pats fans, we are praying that the Steelers make the playoffs and end up in NE so that we can crush you guys at home (since the two AFC title games were at your place and many of us did not get to enjoy them in person).

  16. 6ball says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:50 AM
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    When the season started I thought Belichick had assembled one of his strongest and deepest rosters of his tenure . Injuries have waylaid much of his good offseason work.
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    Having the bye at week 4 certainly didn’t help. I knew that was not going to be good. Should have been around week 10 or 11.

  17. footballfan825 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 1:03 PM

    What will you say when the patriots get all their players back for the playoffs and lose to Pittsburgh? I can hear the complaining about the refs already….

    Are you sure the Stealers will even be in the playoffs? You might want to wait until there in before you troll.

  18. Speaking for all Pats fans, we are praying that the Steelers make the playoffs and end up in NE so that we can crush you guys at home (since the two AFC title games were at your place and many of us did not get to enjoy them in person).

    You are not speaking for me.
    I don’t think any team wants to see the Steelers on the post season. IF they get in they are a true Jekyll and Hyde. They could show up, stay close enough on D and explode on offense. NE has no one to cover AB, Bryant, Wheaton, AND Miller with Ben at QB IF they play well. Some it could be a history repeating (NE over PIT in a crucial game) or domination at the most talent rich offense creams NE’s meh D.

  19. “the most talent rich offense creams NE’s meh D.”

    Calling NE’s defense “meh” highlights one of two things; either you don’t follow them too closely or you haven’t let go of the sky is falling offseason mantra (which came from Revis leaving and has been disproven).

    Their defense has the best front seven in the league when considering all the players who contribute significantly on Sunday. Jamie Collins and Hightower are pretty much tied with Davis and Kuechly for best LB duo, and either can cover Miller at his advanced age without much issue.

    It would come down to the Steeler’s 3rd receiver winning consistently; as the formula of Butler on the #2 with Ryan and a safety on the #1 has proven supremely effective. Could the Steelers win that? Of course, but it’s far from the given you make it out to be; and that’s BEFORE you consider the Steelers have to stop the Pats or the fact that their O-line is nothing special.

  20. I’d much rather the Pats face the Broncos rather that the Steelers. Would the refs work against the Pats? I wouldn’t be surprised. You saw how the refs were during the Steelers and the Raiders game vs their opponents. I felt bad for them because I think it’s because of the Pats that they got treated that way.

    Hopefully the Pats will get healthy. The healthiest team will probably win the SB.

  21. Is there something wrong with the field in Houston? It seems many players get hurt on that field from non contact injuries.

  22. Malcolm Frazer says:
    Dec 14, 2015 2:27 PM

    Speaking for all Pats fans, we are praying that the Steelers make the playoffs and end up in NE so that we can crush you guys at home (since the two AFC title games were at your place and many of us did not get to enjoy them in person).

    You are not speaking for me.
    I don’t think any team wants to see the Steelers on the post season. IF they get in they are a true Jekyll and Hyde. They could show up, stay close enough on D and explode on offense. NE has no one to cover AB, Bryant, Wheaton, AND Miller with Ben at QB IF they play well. Some it could be a history repeating (NE over PIT in a crucial game) or domination at the most talent rich offense creams NE’s meh D.
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    Duly noted that I am not speaking for you.

    If I was, I’d say that you’ve bought into the media’s absurd notion of Pittsburgh’s run and shoot offense as “lethal”. If they are lucky enough to make it to NE, Belichick will coach circles around that staff, Reothlisberger will get sacked about 6 times and the Patriots will put up 50 points on these guys like they always do.

  23. “What will you say when the patriots get all their players back for the playoffs and lose to Pittsburgh? I can hear the complaining about the refs already….”

    Actually the Steelers are the ones with the record of whining.

    And in case you haven’t noticed, Belichick and Brady own the Steelers. Probably the only team they own more of is Buffalo but they’ve beaten Pittsburgh so many times I’ve lost count.

    The people calling this team soft are coocoo for cocoa puffs. Soft teams lose when they get a bunch of injuries in the same game. The Pats kept playing and blew the Texans out at home.

    That’s called mental toughness by the way.

  24. Yeah you guys are all correct. Why play football when clearly the best team to have ever existed in the history of sports/athletics is the New England patriots? Just give them the trophy now. No one can even compete. They shouldn’t call it the Lombardi trophy, we all know it really should be called the Belichick trophy. Tom Brady is gorgeous and is better than all other quarterbacks combined .. This is exactly what all patriot fans think and sound like when talking about anything. (Even if football doesn’t come up)

  25. “Yeah you guys are all correct. Why play football when clearly the best team to have ever existed in the history of sports/athletics is the New England patriots? Just give them the trophy now. No one can even compete. They shouldn’t call it the Lombardi trophy, we all know it really should be called the Belichick trophy. Tom Brady is gorgeous and is better than all other quarterbacks combined .. This is exactly what all patriot fans think and sound like when talking about anything. (Even if football doesn’t come up)”

    Holy crap guy. Get a hold of yourself. It’s always hilarious when you people have a mental breakdown over whacky things no one said and are completely made up in your Patriots obsessed mind. Yikes.

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