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Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. That puts him on track to play in the Divisional Round, which has been the expectation all along. Burkhead averaged 7.6 carries and 4 targets across his last 7 games before suffering that knee injury. RB Mike Gillislee (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday.

11:12am EST 12/31/17

Patriots S Devin McCourty (shoulder) is active. He entered the day questionable but is OK to use as you normally would in IDP lineups.

11:12am EST 12/31/17

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy is active for today's game against the Jets after missing the past 3 contests with a calf injury. He's tough to trust in that 1st game back, however, with his outlook further muddied by the 12-degree weather in Foxborough. IDP owners should try to go in a different direction.

11:12am EST 12/31/17

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Jets. He’s expected back when New England returns for the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

11:12am EST 12/31/17

Patriots RB James White (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Jets. Dion Lewis will operate as New England’s feature back and is a good bet for 20+ touches.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots RB James White (ankle) is not expected to play against the Jets today. With RBs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee also out with their knee injuries, New England is down to RBs Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden. Look for Lewis to get as much as he can handle. He's a locked-in RB1 for Week 17.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) won't play against the Jets today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It sounds like Hogan might have been able to play if New England truly needed him, so we're tentatively expecting him back for the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Patriots S Devin McCourty (shoulder) and LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) are questionable for Sunday's finale against the Jets. Van Noy has missed the past 3 games with this injury and probably isn't a good play even if active. McCourty hasn't missed a snap in the past 3 games and put in limited practices all week. We'll confirm each player's status on Sunday.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is again listed as questionable after a limited week of practice. He’s gone through the same routine the past 2 weeks before ending up inactive. We’ll find out his official status by noon ET on Sunday.

11:12am EST 12/24/17

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Bills. Elandon Roberts was the only New England LB to play at least 50% of the snaps with Van Noy out last week. Roberts is your best bet if you need/want a Patriots LB. This is not a situation to bet heavily on in your IDP lineup this week, though.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) and RB James White (ankle) are inactive for today’s game against the Bills. TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Brandin Cooks should dominate targets for the Pats.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is not expected to play today against the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hogan entered the weekend questionable. He has surfaced for just 1 game (and 1 catch) since suffering the injury way back in Week 8.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots RB James White (ankle) is not expected to play against the Bills today. He entered the weekend questionable. With White and Rex Burkhead out, New England is expected to have only Dion Lewis, Mike Gillislee and Brandon Bolden active in the backfield. There's potential for Lewis to increase his goal-line chances and pass targets. Gillislee carries TD upside, though it's tough to know how big his role after he spent the past 6 weeks as a healthy scratch. He's only a DFS option. Bolden is almost solely a special-teams contributor.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. It’s the same routine he went through last week before being inactive vs. the Steelers. We’ll find out his status by noon ET this time around. Hogan will be a risk/reward WR3 if active.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He put in 3 limited practices last week before being a surprise inactive on Sunday, so this doesn't necessarily mean much. We'll continue to track Hogan's status ahead of this weekend's game against the Bills.

The Patriots are "optimistic" that RB Rex Burkhead (knee) will be back for the playoffs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Burkhead has been diagnosed with a sprained knee and is expected to miss the final 2 weeks of the regular season. It's a big loss considering he'd averaged 7.6 carries, 4 targets and 1 TD per game over the last 7. RB Dion Lewis figures to pick up most of Burkhead's ball-carrying role. The targets could be split between Lewis and RB James White. We'll see if RB Mike Gillislee is active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Patriots RB Rex Burkhead's knee injury is not believed to be major. Schefter specifically mentions that Burkhead's ACL is intact. "He could miss a little time," though, Schefter adds. We'll look for a more detailed diagnosis tomorrow, but we wouldn't count on Burkhead playing against the Bills in Week 16. That'd leave Dion Lewis as New England's lead back, James White in an expanded pass-catching role and possibly Mike Gillislee back on the active roster.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead suffered a left knee injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the contest. That, of course, suggests a serious injury. We'll look for an update after the game.

Patriots DE Trey Flowers (rib) is active for today's game against the Steelers. He missed last week but is OK to use as you normally would in your IDP league.

2:12pm EST 12/17/17

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Steelers. He evidently suffered a setback on Monday night or in practice this week. We’ll look for more information on his status for Week 16 and beyond. WR Danny Amendola becomes more interesting with Hogan out but is still just a PPR flier. WR Brandin Cooks and TE Rob Gronkowski should soak up most of Hogan’s targets.

 
 
 

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