FOXBORO (CBS) — Patriots right tackle Trent Brown played just one series last weekend before leaving New England’s season opener with a calf injury. But it looks like he’ll be back in action Sunday afternoon when the Patriots visit the New York Jets.
Brown was present at Friday’s practice in Foxboro after missing the previous two practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, and is listed a questionable for Sunday’s game. The fact that he practiced on Friday greatly improves the odds that Brown will be protecting Mac Jones come Sunday afternoon.READ MORE: Facebook Changes Its Company Name To Meta
That is good news for the rookie quarterback, who was under constant duress in Week 1 against the Dolphins. Justin Herron replaced Brown when the big man went down, but he was replaced by Yodny Cajuste after struggling against the Miami defense.
Brown is one of three players considered questionable for Sunday’s game, along with tight end Jonnu Smith (hip), offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste (hamstring) and rookie linebacker Ronnie Perkins (shoulder). All four were limited participants in Friday’s practice.READ MORE: 'Survivor 41' Episode 6: The Merge Part 1
Meanwhile, linebacker Kyle Van Noy has been ruled out for Sunday’s game. He missed his third straight practice Friday as he deals with a throat issue. Van Noy did a little bit of everything for the New England defense in Week 1, registering a sack, three total tackles and deflecting a pass against the Dolphins.
Rookie kicker Quinn Nordin has also been ruled out, meaning veteran Nick Folk will handle kicking duties for the Patriots for the second straight weekend. Nordin will reportedly be placed on IR with an abdomen injury, according to Ian Rapoport, with the team hoping that the rookie can return sometime later this season.
The Jets have not ruled out any players for Sunday’s game, but linebacker Jamien Sherwood (ankle) is listed as doubtful while wide receivers Keelan Cole (knee) and Jamison Crowder (groin), offensive lineman Chuma Edoga (illness, non-COVID), and cornerback Isaiah Dunn (shoulder) are listed as questionable.MORE NEWS: LIST: These Towns Are Still Mostly In The Dark From Nor'easter Power Outages
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