Reporting Levan Reid
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FOXBORO (CBS) – New England Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco missed his first practice of the season on Friday.
Ochocinco was out with a hamstring injury, and is listed as questionable for the Patriots matchup with the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday.
I could be jumping the gun, but this could be the end of the line for Chad. He’s caught 11 passes in 10 games and he was only involved in 11 snaps on Monday night against the Chiefs. He was also seen on the sidelines arguing with Bill Belichick. We’ll keep you updated on this.
While Ochocinco has not done much with the offense, any injury would put strain on the Patriots receiving depth. Deion Branch was added to the injury list on Thursday, as he was limited in practice with a bad hip. Fellow receivers Wes Welker (knee), Taylor Price (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (shoulder) have all been limited this week as well.
The Patriots signed receiver Tiquan Underwood to the 53-man roster on Thursday.
Linebackers Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher, both missing on Friday, have been ruled out for Sunday.
In addition to Ochocinco, 11 Patriots are listed as questionable: Devin McCourty (shoulder), Matt Light (ankle), Patrick Chung (foot), Branch (hip), Dan Connolly (groin), Gary Guyton (shoulder), James Ihedigbo (shoulder), Price (hamstring), Slater (shoulder), Sebastian Vollmer (back). All were limited on Friday.
It was good news that both McCourty and Chung could practice all week and could make their returns on Sunday.
Welker and Brian Waters (knee) were also limited on Friday and listed as probably for Sunday’s tilt.
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With a short week after Monday night’s game with the Thanksgiving holiday mixed in the middle, players were in light shoulder pads on Friday. It is the second straight week the team has not practiced in full pads.
Tune in to the Patriots-Eagles matchup Sunday afternoon at 4:15pm on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV. Pregame coverage begins on WBZ at 11:30am Sunday morning with Patriots Gameday, followed by 98.5′s coverage beginning at 1pm. Tune in after the game for all the postgame reaction and analysis on 98.5, and over on MY TV38 on Patriots Fifth Quarter.