As the Patriots’ offense looks to break out of the schneid and build momentum to enter the final stretch of the season, they will have to do so without at least two of their starters against the Cardinals on Monday.
Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is still in concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Monday’s game. The same goes for starting offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn, who has suffered a foot injury in recent weeks. Running back Damien Harris is doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Meyers suffered the concussion at the end of the Patriots’ Week 13 loss to the Bills. Mac Jones threw a pass to Meyers in the end zone which was cut off because safety Damar Hamlin delivered a crushing blow to the receiver. Hamlin was flagged for unnecessary roughness and was ejected from the game.
Meyers has a team record 50 receptions for 593 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games this season.
Wynn injured his foot in the Patriots’ Week 11 win over the Jets and will now miss his third straight game. He’s had a shaky season so far. After playing at left tackle for the first four seasons of his career, Wynn was moved to right tackle but was benched several times and was also moved to left guard on points. He actually started at left tackle though in the game he left against the Jets.
Harris suffered a thigh injury in the second half of the Patriots’ Thanksgiving Day loss to the Vikings. The fourth-year running back has dealt with numerous injuries and ailments this season as he is four games into the game and has left two more games early. He rushed for 383 yards on 4.6 yards per carry with three touchdowns this season.
The Patriots could also be without offensive tackles Trent Brown (illness) and Yodny Cadjus (calf/back). Brown played through illness in the Patriots’ loss to the Bills while Cadjusted missed that game. Brown appears to be moving in the right direction as he returns to training later this week. If either player is unavailable for Monday’s game, offensive tackle Conor McDermott would likely start in their respective spot.
Defensively, the Patriots will be without starting corner Jalen Mills (groin) for the away game. That’s not good news for the Patriots, especially considering Cardinals star receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been released from injury report and will play Monday. Over the past two games, the Patriots have struggled against star receivers as Justin Jefferson had 139 receiving yards against them and Stefon Diggs had 92 receiving yards.
Mills is expected to return for the Patriots’ next game against the Raiders, according to Jordan Schultz of The Score.
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