FOXBORO (CBS) — Everyone practiced for the Patriots on Thursday as the team gears up for Sunday’s road tilt against the Los Angeles Chargers.
There were no changes to New England’s practice report from Wednesday, with the same 15 players listed as limited at Thursday’s session. There are several notable names on that list, including linebackers Dont’a Hightower, Josh Uche and Kyle Van Noy, tight end Jonnu Smith, and offensive linemen David Andrews and Shaq Mason.
But it is more notable that they all practiced for the second straight day, making it very likely that everyone will make the trip when the Patriots head west after Friday’s practice.
Here is New England’s full practice report from Thursday:
C David Andrews, Ankle
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley, Ribs
WR Kendrick Bourne, Shoulder
DL Carl Davis, Hand
S Kyle Dugger, Neck
K Nick Folk, Left Knee
DL Davon Godchaux, Finger
LB Dont’a Hightower, Ankle
LB Brandon King, Thigh
G Shaq Mason, Abdomen
TE Jonnu Smith, Shoulder
LB Josh Uche, Shoulder
LB Kyle Van Noy, Groin
CB Shaun Wade, Concussion
DL Deatrich Wise Jr., Knee
The Chargers, meanwhile, were missing an important player on Thursday, as running back Austin Ekeler sat out the session with a hip injury. Ekeler rushed for just seven yards on six carries in last weekend’s blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens. But for the season, he’s averaging 4.9 yards per carry, amassing 356 rushing yards and four touchdowns while adding another 27 receptions and three receiving touchdowns.
Ekeler’s status on Friday’s injury report will be important to monitor, as he’s a big part of Los Angeles’ offense.
Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill (chest) was limited on Thursday, while safety Nasir Adderly (hip) and wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) were both full participants for the second straight day.
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