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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.

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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.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is not expected to play against the Steelers later today. It's a complete surprise after he returned and played 90% of the snaps last week. Schefter mentions newly signed WR Kenny Britt as an option to pick up some of Hogan's snaps, but Britt can't be trusted in fantasy lineups. Hogan's absence should mean more targets for WR Brandin Cooks, TE Rob Gronkowski and the RBs.

The Patriots have ruled LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) out for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Patriots DE Trey Flowers is questionable once again for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He missed the past 2 games with a rib injury, but ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports that Flowers "made solid progress" this week and is nearing a return. Flowers said he hopes to play, according to the Providence Journal. LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) is questionable after missing last week. We'll confirm the status for each guy around 3 p.m. ET Sunday when the inactives come out -- and pass along any other updates that might arrive in the meantime.

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy is inactive for tonight's game against the Dolphins. If that leaves you without a LB, Patriots Eric Lee can be an emergency fill-in.

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Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is active for tonight's game against the Dolphins. There's a chance that he's on a snap count in his 1st action since Week 8, but we're expecting Hogan to be on the field in most passing situations -- especially with TE Rob Gronkowski out.

Patriots insider Phil Perry confirms that WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) will play against the Dolphins tonight. "It's unclear how much he'll play," Perry adds. Hogan has been sidelined since Week 8 and was limited in practice this week. It's possible he's on a snap count, but there's still plenty of upside here against Miami's leaky secondary.

The Patriots on Sunday downgraded DE Trey Flowers to out for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. It'll mark the 2nd straight game he has missed with his rib injury. LB/DE Eric Lee stepped in against the Bills last week and played 85% of the snaps. DE Deatrich Wise also saw a boost in playing time, staying on the field for 86.6% of snaps. Each is an option if you need to replace Flowers in your IDP lineup.

Patriots DE Trey Flowers is questionable for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. He put in limited practices all week, just as he did last week before going inactive against the Bills. Make sure you have an insurance option available if you plan to wait for Flowers in your IDP lineup.

The forecast for today's Packers-Browns game calls for temperatures in the low 30s with winds of 15-25 mph. That's enough wind to impact the passing games, although meteorologist Kevin Roth notes that it'll be a "with-the-field" wind, rather than a cross-wind. We'd still avoid both Ks in this game and give a slight bump down to the passing attacks.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Dolphins after a limited week of practice. ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that Hogan's shoulder "responded well" to practice and that he'll "likely" play vs. Miami. We'll look for another update on his status tomorrow morning, but we'd feel comfortable penciling Hogan into Week 14 fantasy lineups right now.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) was on the practice field on Wednesday for the 1st time since going down back in Week 8. It's an unofficial practice since New England doesn't play until Monday night, so we won't know whether Hogan was "limited" or "full." But it looks like he has a shot to return for the Dolphins game. It'd be excellent timing with TE Rob Gronkowski suspended.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been suspended 1 game for his body-slam shot to the head of Bills CB Tre'Davious White. Gronk might appeal the ban but is a long shot to win that. It was a stupid, dirty play that concussed White. Gronkowski fully deserves to sit down for a game. It's obviously a tough break for fantasy owners, who will need to survive without their stud TE. Gronk's 7.7 targets per game figure to be spread to Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola and the RBs. We could also see New England go run heavy against the Dolphins -- especially if WR Chris Hogan remains out.

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) is active for today's game against the Bills. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups for a high-upside matchup.

The Patriots late Saturday night ruled DE Trey Flowers out for today's game against the Bills because of a rib injury. That removes the top pass rusher from a New England defense that has played well for weeks, which dings the upside for the team D against Buffalo. It's still a starter-worthy fantasy defense, though.


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