If Bailey Zappe and the Patriots offense plan on leaving Denver with a victory on Christmas Eve, they’re going to need to make good on their alternatives within the crimson zone towards a Broncos crew giving up a mean of 25.1 factors per sport.
That process will turn into a bit simpler for New England’s second-year QB if his prime goal inside the 20-yard-line makes a return to the sector on Sunday.
However after bearing the brunt of a number of low hits in Sunday’s house loss to the Chiefs, the percentages aren’t wanting good for tight finish Hunter Henry getting cleared for New England’s upcoming sport in Colorado.
Regardless of Henry being noticed on the Patriots’ follow subject on Thursday afternoon, a lot of the optimism drawn from these optics was sapped away just some hours later.
Throughout New England’s newest damage report, Henry was listed as a non-participant because of a knee damage. He was not noticed on the follow subject in any respect on Wednesday morning.
Right here’s the complete damage report for each the Patriots and Broncos:
Did Not Take part
S Cody Davis — Sickness
TE Hunter Henry — Knee
OT Conor McDermott — Concussion
S Jabrill Peppers — Hamstring
RB Rhamondre Stevenson — Ankle
LB Anfernee Jennings — Sickness
DL Christian Barmore — Shoulder
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley — Knee
OT Trent Brown — Ankle/Hand
CB Jonathan Jones — Knee
WR/ST Matthew Slater — Hamstring
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster — Ankle
LB Jahlani Tavai — Ankle
OT Tyrone Wheatley — Knee
Did Not Take part
LB Nik Bonitto — Knee
TE Greg Dulcich — Hamstring / Foot
DT Mike Purcell — Relaxation
TE Chris Manhertz — Relaxation
OLB Jonathon Cooper — Ankle
T Alex Palczewski — Knee
RB Samaje Perine — Relaxation
Dropping Henry for a full sport could be a serious blow for an already lackluster New England offense. The 29-year-old tight finish at the moment leads the Patriots in each receptions (42) and receiving touchdowns (six), whereas additionally rating second in receiving yards (419).
Since Zappe took over as New England’s QB1 earlier this month, Henry has established himself because the crew’s go-to receiving choice. In New England’s final two video games, Henry has reeled in 10 catches for 106 yards and three touchdowns.
Henry would have added a fourth throughout Sunday’s loss to Kansas Metropolis, however his second receiving TD of the second quarter was taken off the board because of a holding penalty towards Connor McDermott.
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