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Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game vs. the Jets. It'll be his 4th straight missed game. Mike Gillislee, James White and Dion Lewis will continue to handle backfield duties for New England.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets after a limited week of practice. He’s expected to play but can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his role, though.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) was removed from the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He told reporters afterward that he’s “ready to roll.” Lock Gronk back into fantasy lineups.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He didn’t practice Wednesday, was limited Thursday but then put in a full workout Friday. The injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, and there’s been nothing to suggest that it’ll be an issue on Sunday vs. the Jets. Brady remains an elite QB1.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (shoulder) will "definitely" play against the Jets on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brady officially didn't practice on Wednesday but was spotted on the field in the early portion of the workout open to the media. Per Rapoport, Brady is dealing with a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. It adds some risk to his Week 6 outlook, but he remains a must-start in season-long leagues.

Patriots QB Tom Brady was on the practice field on Wednesday. He's dealing with a minor injury to his non-throwing shoulder but doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing this weekend's game against the Jets. Brady is our #1 ranked QB for Week 6.

Patriots QB Tom Brady is dealing with an injury to his left shoulder. (That's his non-throwing side.) According to NBC Sports' Mike Giardi, Brady originally suffered the injury in Week 4 against Carolina and aggravated it last Thursday night vs. Tampa Bay. An MRI on the shoulder came back clean. Brady didn't practice on Tuesday but is fully expected to play this weekend against the Jets. We'll keep an eye on his status throughout the week. Brady has already taken 16 sacks this year -- 1 more than all last season.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) was on the field for the start of practice on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. The Pats won't release an official practice report until tomorrow, but Gronk appears to be on track to return for Sunday's game against the Jets. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that the Patriots expect TE Rob Gronkowski back for Week 6. The thigh injury he suffered in Wednesday's practice is believed to be minor, but he wasn't able to play 24 hours later. Another 9 days of rest and recovery should do the trick. We'll monitor Gronk's status throughout next week.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is officially inactive for tonight's game against the Bucs. ESPN's Adam Schefter called his injury a "thigh contusion," but that's all we know right now. Gronk has 10 days to get ready for Week 6 against the Jets. Dwayne Allen figures to serve as New England's top pass-catching TE tonight, but Gronk's targets will also be spread to Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and James White.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is not expected to play against the Bucs tonight. Whoah. Gronk was limited in Wednesday's practice and listed as questionable, but there had been no indication that he was in danger of missing this game. Schefter calls Gronkowski's injury a "thigh contusion." We'll get New England's official inactive list around 7 pm ET, but Gronk should obviously be out of fantasy lineups now. His absence would leave Dwayne Allen as the Patriots' lead TE -- and a TD-dependent fantasy flier.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) will play against the Bucs tonight. But he adds that Gronk "figures to be limited some." It's unclear exactly what that means for his snap and target counts, but he's obviously dealing with a legitimate injury. It's a reason to consider fading Gronkowski in DFS. But he remains a must-start in season-long leagues.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was added to the injury report on Wednesday with a thigh. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Bucs. We've heard nothing to suggest that Gronkowski is in real danger of missing this game, but we'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET on Thursday. Gronk, of course, is a must-start if active.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Thursday night's game against the Bucs. That's a downgrade from last week, when he was listed as doubtful before being declared inactive. We'll see if Burkhead can get ready for Week 6 against the Jets.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is active for today's game against the Panthers, his 1st action since the 1st half of the Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. It's tough to project Hightower's playing time in his return game, especially with his team favored by 9.5 points today. He makes for a risky IDP option at best. Hightower's return means that IDP owners shouldn't trust Elandon Roberts' playing time either. Kyle Van Noy was the only 100% playing-time LB in Week 1 (with Hightower active).

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is inactive for today’s game against the Panthers. He returned to a limited practice on Friday and has a shot to play this coming Thursday vs. Tampa. Mike Gillislee and James White will continue to handle the majority of New England’s backfield work today.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is questionable once again for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Get used to it if you hope to use him in IDP lineups. We'll check his status Sunday.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) returned to a limited practice on Friday but is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s game against the Panthers. He won’t play in that one but has a shot to return for Week 5.

The Patriots will be without LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) for the 2nd straight game. LB Elandon Roberts (thumb) is active, however, after entering the day questionable. He's a solid upside play against a Houston offense that hopes to lean run and sports a running rookie QB. Hightower's absence helps Roberts' playing-time outlook.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) is active for today’s game against the Texans. He’s worth a look in deeper PPR leagues after catching 6 balls for 70 yards in the opener. Phillip Dorsett (knee) is also active but isn’t a bankable fantasy option as the #4 WR.


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