It is easy to see why people support the New England Patriots. The team has been a dominant force in the NFL for so many years and they have shown an uncanny ability to overcome some truly overwhelming obstacles in the last couple of seasons.
However, 2017 hasn’t treated them well. The team has struggled with injuries since the season began. That hasn’t stopped them from racking up victories. And it is because of their ability to compensate for so many injuries that the team enjoys so much fame.
However, Bill Belichick’s side could be approaching a precipice that even their talents cannot avoid. And this recent clamor of anxiety shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Patriots Odds change with the injuries.
That is what has always happened. Even after they took the Super Bowl in the previous season, the injuries they elicited early on in 2017 did not stop sportsbook websites from adjusting their odds.
Those adjustments were too minute to have any real impact in the long run. But they showed that not everyone thinks New England is unstoppable. And the team has only continued to give fans good reasons to doubt them.
New England’s Wednesday practice took place indoors where the temperature could be controlled. The team also utilized full pads. Chris Hogan made an appearance for the first time in over a month.
He thought that the team had performed splendidly without him but he was also happy to return to the field. But Hogan’s presence did not attract much interest because all anyone cared about was the absence of Tom Brady.
Brady has been dealing with an Achilles heel problem and one assumes that it is the reason he hasn’t been to practice for three consecutive Wednesdays. It is also worth noting the absence of Kyle Van Noy who left the Sunday game against the Bills prematurely after an injury he sustained during an earlier Dolphins match became aggravated.
One could assume that Noy won’t be seen for quite a while because New England re-signed veteran linebacker Jonathan Freeny who seemed to take Noy’s place at practice on Wednesday.
Freeny left New England at the end of the most recent preseason. He played for Jacksonville and Baltimore before finally coming back to the Patriots. He said he was happy to play on Bill Belichick’s side.
The team will need his skills in the days to come. After all, one assumes that there was a reason Malcolm Butler and Deatrich Wise were not at practice on Wednesday either. This is on top of the absence of Marcus Cannon.
Rob Gronkowski was missing as well but that is to be expected. He is still serving his one-game suspension. Belichick will rely on Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister to pick up the slack until Gronk returns.
New England isn’t a team that wastes time mourning its injured players. And they have proven time and time again this season that even the absence of a few key players cannot stop them from winning games.
The depth of their squad is that impressive. However, the injuries are starting to add up and the many absences on Wednesday at practice prove as much.
Patriots vs Dolpins
Injury Reprt - Week 14
|New England Patriots|
|Kyle Van Noy||LB||Calf|
|Cameron Wake||DE||Not Injury Related|