Here are key injuries to watch ahead of the New England Patriots showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.
With the New England Patriots preparing for their Week 4 showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs, a couple of key players have shown up on the injury list who are worth watching. Those two players are running back Sony Michel and offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn.
Going up against a Chiefs’ defensive line that features Chris Jones and pass rusher Frank Clark, Wynn is the injury to watch this week as he is a factor in the Patriots running game and in protecting Cam Newton against the Chiefs’ pass rush.
Wynn is listed as limited on the injury report as of Wednesday due to a calf injury. It doesn’t appear to be series, but given the way the third-year offensive lineman has been playing, the offensive line would take a major hit at an inopportune time if they his physicality is limited in any way, especially given the fact that the team is already without center David Andrews.
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While Wynn’s injury history sparks concern, another player who has a history of injury is running back Sony Michel. Following a 117-yard rushing effort in the team’s Week 3 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, Michel was also limited in practice due to a quad injury.
With Damien Harris eligible to return off injury reserve and the way both Rex Burkhead and J.J. Taylor has been running the ball, this latest leg injury could halt any momentum the Georgia product gained after his impressive performance in which he logged runs of 38 yards and 48 yards.
Unlike Wynn, the New England Patriots will be fine if Michel is not able to go due to that depth mentioned above. It’s just unfortunate timing for the third-year running back w
ho made his case as the featured back on Sunday.
Julian Edelman also nursing injury
The one offensive playmaker the New England Patriots can’t afford to lose is Julian Edelman.
Obviously as Cam Newton’s prime target, Edelman’s importance to the offense is very valuable. That’s why the veteran wide receiver will continue to play through the knee injury that has landed him as a limited participant in practice this week.
As has been the case in previous weeks, Edelman’s injury doesn’t appear to be series. Given his age and the amount of physicality he endures every week, this could just be a way to preserve Edelman and of course keep the opponents thinking he may not be 100 percent.
As he proved against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 when he had nearly 200 receiving yards, Julian Edelman is very much a force on the field even without the services of Tom Brady.
Other players listed on the injury report as of Wednesday are defensive lineman Adam Butler (shoulder) and defensive back/special teamer Cody Davis (rib).
The good news besides the return of Damien Harris and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski is N’Keal Harry has been taken off the injury list which is a good sign for the New England Patriots 2019 first-round pick.