Devin McCourty, safety for the New England Patriots, sustained a concussion in last week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. As a result, he was absent from the team’s practice on Thursday. From ESPN,
McCourty was absent for the team’s walk-through on Tuesday and was also listed as a non-participant on the team’s simulated injury report submitted on Wednesday.
His status for Sunday’s regular-season finale remains unclear, because he’ll need to follow NFL protocol for concussions.
Rookie Josh Boyce, a wide receiver for New England, missed another practice, his fifth consecutive, due to an ankle injury. This injury was suffered week 15, and Boyce was listed as inactive for week 16′s game as a result. It is unknown if Boyce will be able to suit up for the team on Sunday when they take on the Buffalo Bills in their NFL regular season finale. But the team has a plan B in the event that one of these two players in unable to play.
If the Patriots are forced to be without McCourty, they probably will turn to fellow Rutgers product Duron Harmon, who has also filled in for Steve Gregory this season while he recovered from a broken thumb.