FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ offensive line is in rough shape as the team prepares for the New York Jets’ stout defensive line on a short week.
Patriots center Bryan Stork (concussion), guard Dan Connolly (concussion) and offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (finger) weren’t spotted at the beginning of the team’s walk-through Tuesday. The Patriots have just six healthy offensive linemen on their active roster, which means they might have to promote a player from the practice squad before Thursday night’s game.
Running back Stevan Ridley (knee), linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee) and safety Nate Ebner (finger) also were absent. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) hadn’t taken the field by the time reporters were forced to leave the Gillette Stadium game field, where the Patriots were holding practice.
Rookie defensive tackle Dominique Easley and veteran cornerback Brandon Browner returned to practice after they didn’t participate last Thursday and Friday. Both players missed the Patriots’ 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.