McCourty (concussion), Boyce (ankle) ailing

December, 25, 2013
The New England Patriots took Wednesday off, but, by NFL rule, they are required to submit a simulated practice participation report.

Safety Devin McCourty, who officially suffered a concussion in Week 16, and rookie wide receiver Josh Boyce (ankle) were the two players who would not have taken part in practice today, while it was also revealed that safety Steve Gregory injured a knee in Week 16 that would have limited him in today's practice.

It is unclear whether McCourty will be ready for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills, as he will need to pass the NFL protocol for concussions.

The only other new injury from Sunday was running back Shane Vereen's groin issue, which took him out in the first quarter. He too would have been limited in a practice held today.

In total, the Patriots listed 11 players as limited.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.



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