McCourty (concussion) doubtful for Sunday

December, 27, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who has missed practice each day this week after suffering a Week 16 concussion, is listed as doubtful to play against the Bills in the regular-season finale. McCourty was spotted in the locker room on Friday, though he politely declined an interview request.

Rookie wide receiver Josh Boyce will miss his second consecutive game due to an ankle injury suffered in Week 15, while 11 other players, including starting defensive end Rob Ninkovich (ankle) are questionable.

Should McCourty sit, the Patriots will turn to rookie Duron Harmon, a third-round choice out of Rutgers who previously filled in for safety Steve Gregory as he rehabbed from a broken thumb injury.

Starting left tackle Nate Solder, who sat out last week's game against Baltimore due to a concussion, is questionable after practicing on a limited basis each day this week.

The Bills declared wide receiver Steve Johnson (non-injury related) out for Sunday's game, while quarterback EJ Manuel is doubtful, with Thad Lewis named the starter.

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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