New England Patriots: injury report

Amendola, Gronkowski limited in practice

September, 25, 2013
Receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski both had limited participation in Wednesday’s practice, according to the team’s official injury report. The Patriots practiced in full pads.

Elsewhere, veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (foot) was a new addition to the injury report. He had full participation, but this is the first time we’ve learned of an injury for him. Also, linebacker Jerod Mayo (ankle) and cornerbacks Kyle Arrington (groin) and Marquice Cole (hamstring) were new additions to the injury report, as they were limited in their participation.

As noted earlier, special-teams captain Matthew Slater (wrist) and starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (foot) were not spotted at practice and the team confirmed that they did not participate.

Injury report sending a message?

January, 11, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The makeover the New England Patriots gave their injury report Friday will be sure to garner attention around the NFL, especially after the team had listed nearly half its roster as limited in practice and questionable for recent games.

With 15 players removed and only five players remaining on Friday's report, the Patriots' injury report overhaul might be considered gamesmanship, trying to give the Houston Texans a headache before Sunday's playoff game. It's also possible it might have come in response to criticism from the Texans or the league office. At this point, the impetus for the change is unclear.

The trend over the 16-game regular season was that players listed as limited in practice ("less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions," according to the injury report's glossary) would be announced as questionable ("50-50 chance will not play") on Friday's report. Players listed as full participants ("100 percent of a player's normal repetitions") would typically be probable ("virtual certainty player will be available for normal duty") for that respective game.

With that in mind, it seems unlikely that 15 players listed as limited on Wednesday and Thursday would legitimately make the jump to not being listed at all, in just one day. Either their status on Wednesday and Thursday was more dire than reality, or their status (or lack thereof) on Friday does not reveal their actual condition.

Another possibility is the Patriots believe injury-report designations are flawed altogether and this is their way of sending that message to the league office.

Whatever the case may be, the Patriots do not have any players listed as questionable for the first time this season. Of the 15 players removed, here is a look at when they were first listed with their current injury (as of Thursday) this season:

S Patrick Chung -- Oct. 17
G Dan Connolly -- Nov. 14
S Nate Ebner -- Dec. 26
TE Aaron Hernandez -- Sept. 19
LB Dont'a Hightower -- Oct. 3
DE Chandler Jones -- Nov. 19
WR Brandon Lloyd -- Oct. 24
G Logan Mankins -- Oct. 3
LB Jerod Mayo -- Oct. 24
DE Rob Ninkovich -- Jan. 9
LB Mike Rivera -- Dec. 19
LB Brandon Spikes -- Nov. 7
CB Aqib Talib -- Dec. 12
WR Wes Welker -- Oct. 10
LB Tracy White -- Dec. 12

Spikes (knee) among limited players

November, 7, 2012
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was limited with a knee injury in Wednesday's practice, the team announced on its injury report.

Spikes did not finish the team's last game on Oct. 28 in London, but no injury was announced at the time. He rode a stationary bike for most of the media access portions of practice on Wednesday and last Thursday, during the Patriots' bye week.

In addition, tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) was limited in his return to practice Wednesday.

Defensive lineman Ron Brace, who had been listed on the injury report for several weeks with a back injury, is now listed with an elbow injury and was limited Wednesday. Also limited was cornerback Kyle Arrington (concussion), who was knocked out of the game in London with a head injury.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand) was a full participant in practice after being limited two weeks ago.

Mayo sits out practice; Lloyd limited

October, 24, 2012
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo did not practice on Thursday due to an elbow injury and an illness, the team announced on its injury report.

Despite the elbow injury, Mayo finished Sunday's win over the New York Jets, so his absence on Wednesday could be related more to the illness.

Meanwhile, cornerback Ras-I Dowling (thigh) and defensive end Trevor Scott (hamstring), who both left Sunday's game and did not return, did not practice on Wednesday.

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was added to the injury report as limited with a knee injury.

Gronk, 4 others miss practice with injuries

October, 3, 2012
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tight end Rob Gronkowski (hip) was among five players who did not practice Wednesday, the New England Patriots announced in their injury report.

Guard Logan Mankins, who missed all of last week with a hip injury, returned to practice but was limited with both calf and hip injuries.

Quarterback Tom Brady (right shoulder) was also limited. He had the same status last Wednesday, but was removed from the injury report on Thursday.

Safety Steve Gregory (hip) and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) did not practice after leaving Sunday's game in Buffalo. They joined Gronkowski, tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and receiver Julian Edelman (hand) as those not practicing.

Running back Brandon Bolden, who ran for 137 yards on Sunday, was limited at practice with a knee injury. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who left Sunday's game, was limited with a hamstring injury.

Rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was removed from the injury report after being listed as limited with a hamstring injury since Sept. 7.

Here are the full reports:

Injury report: Illness sidelines Moss

September, 8, 2010
Here's the Patriots' injury report for Sunday's Bengals game:

Full Participation in Practice
Kyle Arrington, CB (groin)
Ron Brace, DT (ankle)
Tom Brady, QB (right shoulder)
Jermaine Cunningham, LB (ankle)
Brandon Deaderick, DE (toe)
Aaron Hernandez, TE (knee)
Myron Pryor, DE (knee)
Matt Slater, WR (hamstring)

Did Not Participate in practice:
Julian Edelman, WR (foot)
Nick Kaczur, T (back)
Laurence Maroney, RB (thigh)
Randy Moss, WR (illness)
Terrence Wheatley (foot)

For the Bengals, cornerback Brandon Ghee (head) and halfback/fullback Brian Leonard (foot) did not practice, while defensive tackle Geno Atkins (knee), receiver Andre Caldwell (groin) and defensive end Jonathan Fanene (hamstring) had limited participation.

Wilfork, Warren limited; Pryor on mend

December, 23, 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive linemen Vince Wilfork (foot) and Ty Warren (ankle) were limited in Wednesday's practice, although their presence is still a positive sign for the Patriots as they prepare to face the Jaguars Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

In addition to the possible return of Wilfork and Warren, rookie defensive lineman Myron Pryor fully participated in Wednesday's practice, which is an indication he could also be close to a return. Pryor has missed the last two games with a chest injury.

The Patriots played with only four defensive linemen in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Bills, but based on the initial forecast, it doesn't appear as if they'll be as shorthanded this week.

One other injury-related note: Outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain did not practice Wednesday. Banta-Cain was on the injury report last week (shoulder), but the team listed his absence as not injury related.

The full injury report:

OLB Tully Banta-Cain (not injury related)
QB Tom Brady (rib/right finger/right shoulder)
WR Randy Moss (not injury related)

WR Sam Aiken (shoulder)
DL Jarvis Green (knee)
OT Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
G Stephen Neal (ankle)
DL Ty Warren (ankle)
DL Vince Wilfork (foot)

CB Leigh Bodden (thigh)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
DL Myron Pryor (chest)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
RB Fred Taylor (ankle)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)

Eighteen limited in practice

December, 2, 2009
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A whopping 18 players, including four linebackers and five offensive linemen, engaged in limited participation during the Patriots' walkthrough Wednesday inside the Dana Farber Fieldhouse.

Running back Fred Taylor (ankle) was the only player not to participate, according to the team's injury / participation report.

Those who experienced limited activity included: running back Sammy Morris (knee); wide receivers Sam Aiken (hip) and Julian Edelman (forearm); linebackers Eric Alexander (groin), Tully Banta-Cain (shoulder), Rob Ninkovich (knee) and Pierre Woods (groin); tight end Chris Baker (shoulder); defensive linemen Ron Brace (ankle), Ty Warren (ankle) and Jarvis Green (knee); safeties Pat Chung (head) and Bret Lockett (groin); and offensive linemen Nick Kaczur (ankle), Dan Koppen (knee), Stephen Neal (ankle), Sebastian Vollmer (head) and Matt Light (knee).

For the Miami Dolphins, center Jake Grove (ankle) did not participate in Wednesday's session, while defensive end Lionel Dotson (ankle) was limited. Both safety Yeremiah Bell (thumb) and running back Ricky Williams (chest) fully participated.