2. Demario Douglas
Sticking with wideouts, it also looks like rookie Demario Douglas might not be healthy enough to face the Raiders, either.
Douglas — drafted 210th overall back in April — also suffered a head injury against New Orleans, exiting in the second quarter without returning. While the Patriots haven't confirmed if he has a concussion just yet, his absence from Wednesday's practice was noticeable.
If his practice participation doesn't ramp up as the week goes on, New England fans should assume he won't play come Sunday.
Douglas has shown promise here and there, catching 10-of-17 targets for 143 receiving yards without a touchdown through five games. Having said that, he's finished with 24 or fewer yards in three of his last four games, so perhaps an extra week of rest could help him turn things around.
Besides, the Patriots have options if Douglas (and Smith-Schuster) can't play.
Fellow rookie WR Kayshon Boutte is looking to get back in the lineup after having not played since Week 1 while Tyquan Thornton's trending in the right direction when it comes to making his 2023 debut.