Patriots List 21 Players on Injury Report


November 28, 2009

The Patriots' injury report on Saturday looked more like the flight manifest from Lost, with 21 players making the list. Only one player, Fred Taylor, was listed as out, with 17 players listed as questionable.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who missed practice on Friday, returned and had limited participation. He is listed as questionable, as are:

Sebastian Vollmer (head)
Ty Warren (ankle)
Sammy Morris (knee)
Matt Light (knee)
Dan Koppen (knee)
Nick Kaczur (ankle)
Tully Banta-Cain (groin)
Sam Aiken (hip)
Eric Alexander (groin)
Chris Baker (shoulder)
Ron Brace (ankle)
Pat Chung (head)
Stephen Neal (head)
Rob Ninkovich (knee)
Pierre Woods (groin)

Three players — Tom Brady (shoulder), Shawn Springs (knee) and Benjamin Watson (knee) — were listed as probable.

With five offensive linemen listed as questionable for a game in which the silent count will be used, Bill Belichick spoke of the linemen's comfort with playing next to each other.

"All those guys have been playing together all year, so that?s been since the first day of training camp and each week in practice," Belichick said. "Certainly you feel more comfortable with a guy you are playing in a game with every week compared to somebody that you?re not. But guys that have played, whether it?s Sebastian, Mark [LeVoir], Nick [Kaczur], Logan [Mankins], Dan [Connolly], Stephen, Dan Koppen ? they have all played and I think they are comfortable with each other, and we do that in practice."

Belichick wouldn't confirm whether Vollmer's head injury was a concussion, but he did keep a level of optimism regarding his linemen's health.

"I hope we will be competitive," Belichick said. "I don?t know exactly how all that will turn out. We will see here in the next 48 hours or so, but I hope we?ll be competitive."

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