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Old 11th April 2019   #1
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With their thrilling win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the rear-view mirror Jeremy Hill Color Rush Jersey , the New England Patriots are now “on to Chicago”. Today, the team released its first practice report of the week leading up to its game against the Chicago Bears – and a look at it shows that the Patriots have some noticeable players listed.Did not participatePatriots starting right tackle Marcus Cannon missed today’s session after having to leave Sunday’s game against Kansas City with a head injury. Turns out that the injury in question was a concussion and that the veteran is being held out of practice while in the protocol. In his place, LaAdrian Waddle is likely taking first-team reps – and could fill in against Chicago in case Cannon is not ready to go.The Bears, meanwhile, had to practice without two of their players. Backup defensive back and special teamer Marcus Cooper has missed the last three games due to his hamstring issue , while star linebacker Khalil Mack is a new addition to the list. Mack, of course, is one of the NFL’s best defensive players and would be a tremendous loss in case he will not be ready to go on Sunday.Limited participationThe Patriots’ already long list of limited participants received three new additions today: wide receiver Julian Edelman, tight end Jacob Hollister and defensive edge Deatrich Wise Jr. were all present today but participated only in limited capacity. While Hollister is but a depth option at this point in time, Wise Jr. is a valuable rotational piece at a position that hasbeen hit by injury (Geneo Grissom Danny Etling Color Rush Jersey , John Simon) and inconsistency (Keionta Davis, Derek Rivers). Edelman, of course, is one of the team’s most valuable offensive players. Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s decisions late in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins came under a lot of scrutiny after the game and Belichick continued to field questions about them in a Monday conference call.Belichick was asked about the decision to kick a field goal with 21 seconds left in the game rather than running a play from the 4-yard-line. If the Patriots didn’t get in the end zone, the Dolphins would have had a much longer field to travel and Belichick said you could make the argument that it was the right way to go , but wanted to “make it a touchdown instead of a field goal game.”The Dolphins got that touchdown and a 34-33 win when Kenyan Drake scored a 69-yard touchdown after a pair of laterals. Drake ran past tight end Rob Gronkowski at the end of the play and the decision to have him on the field rather than an actual defensive player was roundly criticized on Sunday.Belichick said he was concerned about a deep pass even though it was unlikely given the distance and didn’t consider using a conventional defensive group on the fateful play. He also said that the game wasn’t decided by one play alone.“I think there a lot of things that could e been better on that play. … The game was a lot more than that play but certainly that play wasn a good one for us,” Belichick said, via Ben Volin of the .Belichick said on the call that being better at situational football is a must for the Patriots and that the need for improvement starts with him. Next Sunday in Pittsburgh will be the next opportunity to see how things are going on that front.
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