New England Patriots-Cleveland Browns Injury Report: Mac Jones, Damien Harris Improving Enough to Play?

New England Patriots-Cleveland Browns Injury Report: Mac Jones, Damien Harris Improving Enough to Play?

FOXBORO — While the New England Patriots once again had perfect attendance from their 53-man roster for practice on Thursday, a notable member of their linebackers corps joined 11 other Pats as ‘limited’ participants. With Sunday’s game against Cleveland Browns quickly approaching, speculation is rife about each player’s status.

Here is Thursday’s full report, along with its implications for the Pats-Browns upcoming matchup in Week 6:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

WR Nelson Agholor – Hamstring

C David Andrews – Back

DL Lawrence Guy – Shoulder

RB Damien Harris – Hamstring

CB Jonathan Jones – Ankle

QB Mac Jones – Ankle

LB Raekwon McMillan – Thumb

WR Jakobi Meyers, Knee

CB Jalen Mills, Hamstring

DL DaMarcus Mitchell – Concussion

TE Jonnu Smith – Ankle

LB Josh Uche – Hamstring

What it means for the Patriots:

Quarterback Mac Jones was once again a limited participant on Thursday. It is important to note that Jones was still wearing his knee brace, armband and crutches for the second consecutive day. His wearing of such equipment usually indicates that he is participating in more rigorous practice drills, than those seen during practice’s media portion. It is not yet clear if Jones has done enough to earn the start from rookie Bailey Zappe . His status will be monitored throughout the week, as expected.

Running back Damien Harris also participated, but showed a little more ease in his movement. However, New England’s decision to promote rookie rusher Kevin Harris from their practice squad to their active roster seems to indicate that the team expects to be without their feature back for at least Week 6, and possibly beyond. Harris’ practice participation on Friday will be a highlight of the practice field, just like Jones.

The Pats will be keeping an eye on Jones and Harris as well as Josh Uche, a linebacker with a hamstring injury. The Michigan product has logged three total tackles and has been credited with five quarterback pressures and five quarterback hurries in 82 defensive snaps. Despite a slow start to 2022, he provides value as an edge rusher or an off-the-ball linebacker. Uche’s greatest asset is his versatility. He can play on both the Patriots’ 5-1 and 4-2 lines. If they use a traditional 3-4, Uche can move back. His practice status will be closely examined after his win against Detroit.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

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DE Jadeveon Clowney – Ankle, Knee, Elbow

OT Jack Conklin – Not Injury Related (rest)

DE Myles Garrett – Shoulder, Biceps, Hand

OT Joe Haeg – Concussion

CB Denzel Ward – Concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

G Joel Bitonio – Elbow

DT Taven Bryan – Hamstring

FULL PARTICIPATION

RB Demetric Felton – Wrist

WR Amari Cooper – Not Injury Related (rest)

S Ronnie Harrison – Illness

DT Perrion Winfrey – Ankle

What it means for the Browns:

As he was on Wednesday, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney did not participate in practice, as he deals with a litany of injuries to his ankle, knee and elbow. Clowney was joined by Myles Garret, a Cleveland All-Pro defensive end. Garrett is still listed with hand, shoulder, and bicep injuries. New England could suffer a major blow if the Browns’ run defense is not strong enough to compete against New England.

Cornerback Denzel Widman continues to be sidelined as he recovers after sustaining a concussion. His status for Week 6 is in doubt after he missed two practices this week.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 16 at FirstEnergy Stadium.


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