One piece of good news to come out of the New England Patriots’ Week 18 loss to the Miami Dolphins involved the status of rookie defensive tackle Christian Barmore.
Having Barmore back for this Saturday night’s wild-card round playoff matchup with the Buffalo Bills would be a significant boost for New England’s defense. It’s unclear whether the second-round draft pick will be healthy enough to play in Buffalo.
Barmore is the Patriots’ best interior pass rusher, ranking second in total pressures (48) behind Pro Bowl outside linebacker Matthew Judon, according to Pro Football Focus. The Alabama product also was tied for second in quarterback hits (nine) during the regular season, trailing only Judon.
Isaiah Wynn’s status is murkier after the starting left tackle exited Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Wynn played just nine offensive snaps before being replaced by second-year backup Justin Herron.
The Patriots are scheduled to hold their first practice of the postseason on Tuesday.