2. Trent Brown
Brown didn't play last week due to an ankle/knee injury, but the injury still appears to be affecting him. He was also absent from practice on Wednesday, which doesn't bode well for his Week 10 status.
Even in a normal week, recovering in just a few days before a game is challenging enough. It will be even harder this week, however, with the team's transatlantic trip to Germany
The Patriots are flying out on Thursday night after practice, and won't arrive in Frankfurt until Friday morning. So if Brown doesn't return to practice on Thursday, there's a pretty good chance he won't play on Sunday. There simply won't be enough time to get him ready for the game.
New England doesn't seem to be in a major hurry to rush the 30-year-old tackle back. His performance has slipped over the past year and with the bye week coming up, it probably makes more sense to hold him out this week and let him get fully rested for Week 12.
Knee/ankle injuries can be tricky, especially for big dudes like Brown (6'8, 370 pounds). Expect the Patriots to be cautious with him and keep him on the sidelines this week.