Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is not expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, a source told the Herald.
Sanu suffered a high ankle sprain during the Patriots’ win at Philadelphia last weekend. It is not considered severe. Sanu could return next week when the team travels to Houston.
After missing the Patriots’ first two practices this week, the veteran wideout was limited Friday and listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report.
Without Sanu, Tom Brady will be left throwing to Julian Edelman, rookies N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers and possibly Phillip Dorsett out wide versus Dallas.
Like Sanu, Dorsett suffered an injury against the Eagles and is listed as questionable. He is currently recovering from a concussion. Dorsett missed Wednesday’s practice and was limited Thursday and Friday.
Brady questionable, but expected to play Sunday
Brady is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, but he is expected to play, a source told the Herald.
Brady popped up on the Pats’ injury report Friday with a new right elbow injury. He was omitted from the team’s practice reports Wednesday and Thursday. Brady is one of 12 players considered questionable, along with Sanu (ankle) and Dorsett (concussion), and offensive tackle Marcus Cannon (illness).
Sanu will not play, according to a source.
Behind Brady on the team’s quarterback depth chart are fourth-round rookie Jarrett Stidham and journeyman Cody Kessler. Stidham is the only other Patriots quarterback to throw a pass this season. He went 2 of 4 for 14 yards and an interception in the fourth quarter of a blowout win over the Jets in Week 3.
Brady has played all but 15 of the Patriots’ offensive snaps this season. Amid one of his worst statistical seasons to date, the 42-year-old currently ranks outside the league’s top 15 in several categories, including completion percentage, passing touchdowns and passer rating.
As for Cannon, Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia expects him to play. Scarnecchia told reporters Friday afternoon the veteran right tackle is sick, hours after Cannon was the only player to miss practice.
“He had a flare-up allergy deal (Thursday), was coughing the whole practice,” Scarnecchia said. “So the trainers determined that he was best at home today. He’ll be out here. If he doesn’t, I’m playing. And we’ve all got trouble.”