Patriots TE Matt LaCosse sprained his ankle in the preseason opener and has been ruled out for the 2nd exhibition, the Boston Globe's Jim McBride reports. Based on the injury video, Dr. David Chao believes LaCosse has a high-ankle sprain and might not be ready for the start of the season. He had been the favorite to serve as New England's lead TE during Ben Watson's 4-game suspension. That job could now go to Stephen Anderson or Lance Kendricks. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts.

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Patriots TEs Matt LaCosse (knee) and Ryan Izzo (concussion) are out for Monday night's game against the Jets. That means TE Ben Watson should be in for lots of snaps. He's worth considering if you're hard up at TE this week.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. It’s a surprise after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that LaCosse wasn’t expected to play. It’s unclear how big a role he’ll have, leaving him as just a fantasy flier.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday night's game against the Steelers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That leaves Ryan Izzo as New England's lead TE. Avoid the situation in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. It sounds like he has a good shot to play, but you should be able to do better in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Broncos TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) isn’t listed on the final Week 17 injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game against the Chargers but is a weak fantasy play.

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