Friday, October 7, 2011
Danny Woodhead listed as doubtful
By Chris Forsberg
After returning to practice on Thursday and Friday, tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive linemen Albert Haynesworth and Mike Wright are all classified as questionable on the final injury report of the week for the New England Patriots.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman (ankle), linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back), and running back Danny Woodhead (ankle) have all been declared doubtful for the Patriots. Hernandez, Haynesworth and Wright are part of a group of seven players that are questionable.
Coach Bill Belichick said before Friday's practice that it was good to see the trio back on the field Thursday. Asked if Hernandez would be a game-time decision, Belichick said Friday's practice would be key.
"The question really is the second day -- was that too much [on Day 1]? Do they need to back off a little bit?" Belichick said. "Was that something that they could easily handle? Then we're able to escalate the workload and the stress, whatever the injury is. If that second day goes good, that's probably a good indication that the player is ready to move up. ... You don't know how the player is going to respond to that type of workload, which is more than what he's been doing in his rehab."
The Patriots did remove linebacker Gary Guyton and cornerback Kyle Arrington from the report, indicating they are ready to go for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Also, safety Patrick Chung (hand) and defensive lineman Shaun Ellis (knee) engaged in full participation Friday -- the only change from the previous day for New England.
New York Jets center Nick Mangold was listed questionable for Sunday, but will likely start after missing the last two games with a high right ankle sprain.
"I'm ready to go," Mangold said.
ESPNNewYork.com contributed to this report.