The good news for the Patriots on Friday’s injury report is that key edge defender Matt Judon was listed as a full participant in practice and should be good to go for Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium.
In fact, earlier in the day Judon said that Bill Belichick had given him “some R&R” when the veteran did not practice on Wednesday while listed with a knee injury.
Running back Damien Harris (finger) and linebacker Kyle Van Noy (throat) were also listed as full participation for Friday’s practice, meaning they are expected to be a ready to roll on Sunday.
The Patriots did have three players listed as Questionable for the Saints game: tackle Trent Brown (calf), safety Adrian Phillips (not injury related) and Josh Uche (back).
Brown suffered his injury early in opening-day action against the Dolphins and has been limited in practice dating back to last Friday, his first day back on the practice field. If he’s unable to go against the Saints, it will likely once again leave Justin Herron and Yasir Durant as options at right tackle.
Phillips missed practice on Thursday and Friday, with his wife reportedly close to delivering a baby.
Uche was a new addition to the list on Friday, listed as limited in practice. The second-year pass rusher is coming off his best game statistically, having notched two sacks in last Sunday’s win over the Jets. Getting Van Noy back after missing the trip to New York but possibly losing Uche could be a bit of a wash for the New England defense, while Judon’s knee will still be worth watching against the Saints.
The only Saints player with a game status listing for Sunday is center Erik McCoy, who is Out after missing practice all week due to a calf injury.