Report: Marcus Cannon, Jabaal Sheard Injuries ‘Considered Minor’


The New England Patriots reportedly received some positive injury news Monday.

Injuries suffered by starting left tackle Marcus Cannon and defensive end Jabaal Sheard “are considered minor,” NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported. Cannon injured his toe in the first half of the game, which forced right tackle Sebastian Vollmer to switch sides of the line. Cameron Fleming, who was signed off the practice squad Saturday, played right tackle.

Sheard suffered an ankle injury in the second half, which forced Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich to see an uptick in snaps.

Special teams captain Matthew Slater also injured his knee Sunday night and was spotted being carted to the X-ray room after the game. His injury status is unknown.

The Patriots already have eight players on injured reserve: cornerbacks Darryl Roberts and Tarell Brown, tight end A.J. Derby, fullback James Develin, running back Tyler Gaffney, wide receivers Brandon Gibson and Brian Tyms and left tackle Nate Solder. Center Bryan Stork is on short-term injured reserve. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell, linebacker Dane Fletcher and defensive tackle Chris Jones are eligible to come off the PUP list this week.

Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (ribs) and defensive end Trey Flowers (knee/shouler) were ruled out of Sunday night’s game with injuries.

Thumbnail photo via Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Dec 14, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots guard Marcus Cannon (61) during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. New England defeated Miami 41-13. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
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