FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots’ run of perfect practice attendance didn’t last long.
On Friday, Trey Flowers was missing from the team’s final practice of the week. The defensive lineman hasn’t been on the injury report this week, so it’s unknown at this time why he was absent.
Flowers has been the most dominant member of the Patriots’ front seven so this storyline is one to monitor.
Flowers has been outstanding this year. He’s second on the Patriots with 3.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hits, but his impact can’t be felt with numbers alone. When he suffered a concussion in Week 2, the Patriots defensive line looked lost without their leader for the rest of that game in Jacksonville. They looked equally as bad the next week when Flowers sat out against Detroit.
On Sunday, against the New York Jets, Flowers finished with a sack and four quarterback hits. He’s also one of the Patriots’ best run stoppers. When Flowers is on the field, opposing teams are averaging 3.83 yards per carry. When Flowers is off the field, that number rises to 4.41 yards per carry.
The Pats certainly need him on Sunday against Minnesota.