BOSTON (CBS) – The Patriots were hit hard with a variety of illnesses this week. Though most of the players impacted will likely play Sunday night, the team went to the extreme to try and stop the sickness from spreading any more.
Nine players were listed on New England’s injury report as questionable due to illness. Tight end Ryan Izzo has already been ruled out due to illness.
On Sunday, Ian Rapoport reported that seven impacted Patriots starters are “trending in the right direction” and “most or all should play.”
Seven #Patriots players, all starters, were listed as questionable with illnesses, from flu to cold to anything in between. While things seem to be trending in the right direction & most or all should play, this was as challenging a week as one can imagine in NE. Worth watching.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2019
Field Yates of ESPN provided a detail that shows just how problematic the team’s health has been. The Patriots flew in two planes to Houston – one plan for healthy players and a second for those who were sick.
With an illness sweeping the locker room this week, the Patriots did something uncommon in traveling to Houston: the team flew in two planes, one to accommodate those who were sick and keep others away from them. Nine players are questionable because of the sickness.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 1, 2019
New England and Houston play in prime time on Sunday Night Football.