FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ depth at defensive end now might be dangerously shallow.
Akeem Ayers, acquired from the Tennessee Titans a week before the trade deadline, was absent from practice Friday. Ayers was not listed on the injury report Thursday. Starting right defensive end Chandler Jones also remains out of practice with a hip injury.
Fellow defender Dominique Easley, who previously filled in for Jones at defensive end, missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday, but he was back for Thursday and Friday’s sessions. His status for Sunday night’s matchup with the Indianapolis Colts won’t be known until the Patriots release their practice participation and injury report Friday around 4 p.m. ET.
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