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The Patriots were missing two key contributors as they began their field preparations for the New York Jets this weekend.
Right tackle Trent Brown and outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy were not in attendance and did not participate in Wednesday’s practice according to the team’s post-training injury report.
Brown, the team’s starting left tackle, left Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins after the first offensive series with what has been described as minor calf strain. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Brown was from day to day. The reason for Van Noy’s absence is still unknown.
The mountainous right tackle injury is particularly troubling given that the offensive lineman’s unit allowed the Dolphins to pressure Mac Jones for 35% of his setbacks in his NFL debut – most of which came after the start. by Brown. The team’s ground play also struggled after Damien Harris’ big first 35-yard run.
Justin Herron, Brown’s initial replacement on the right tackle, struggled to get up, allowing two pushes and committing a detention penalty that wiped out a big Jones completion at Kendrick Bourne. The second-year swing tackle was eventually benched in favor of newly acquired tackle Yasir Durant, who finished the game.
It’s unclear at this point whether Herron or Durant would replace Brown if he can’t play on Sunday, or whether the Patriots would consider moving Michael Onwenu, who was the team’s main right tackle in 2020, away. That said, Onwenu said on Wednesday he hasn’t taken a lot of straight tackle shots this year, suggesting the team might prefer to go for their depth options instead.
Should the talented young guard come back to tackle, inside super-submarine Ted Karras could take his place at the left guard post, which could give the team their best group of offensive lines if Brown weren’t in the spotlight. roster Sunday.
On a more positive note, inside linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who appeared to twist his lower leg late in Sunday’s game, participated in the drills and was not listed on the injury report.
Other Patriots who were on the post-training report included:
- Limited participation: Yodny Cajuste (hamstrings), Ronnie Perkins (shoulder)
- Full participation: Nelson Agholor (ankle), Kyle Dugger (wrist), Jalen Mills (ankle)
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