The New England Patriots are beginning to feel the wears in the final week of the regular season.
A total of 15 Patriots players were limited in the team’s Christmas Eve practice on Wednesday, including three new additions to the official injury report. Among the new names is running back Jonas Gray, linebacker Jamie Collins and cornerback Brandon Browner.
Gray injured his ankle in the process of rushing for five yards on six carries and a touchdown against the New York Jets on Sunday, while Collins and Browner managed to play all 63 defensive snaps before landing as limited participants with hip and groin injuries, respectively.
Also limited in New England’s Dec. 24 session was LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and fellow running back Shane Vereen (ankle), wide receivers Julian Edelman (thigh/concussion) and Brandon LaFell (shoulder), offensive linemen Dan Connolly (knee) and Cameron Fleming (ankle), defensive ends Chandler Jones (hip) and Rob Ninkovich (heel), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), core special-teamer Chris White (ankle) and long snapper Danny Aiken (finger).
Blount, Edelman and Arrington did not make the trip to East Rutherford last weekend due to their ailments, while Connolly did before being ruled inactive.
But there were no non-participants for the Patriots on Wednesday. And quarterback Tom Brady was listed as a full participant despite his ankle injury.
The team is off Thursday but will be back Friday as preparations ramp up for Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. It remains to be seen just whom will be on the field for New England then.