QRex Burkhead RB NE (9) 3 days ago
Burkhead (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network previously relayed that Burkhead is expected to return to action for Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars. In such a scenario, Burkhead would add valuable depth to the Patriots' backfield, while working behind lead back Dion Lewis. Moreover, Burkhead's versatility is a plus, given that besides being an option when Lewis needs a breather, he's also another back -- along with James White -- for the team to deploy in its passing game.
QMike Gillislee RB NE (9) 3 days ago
Gillislee (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Gillislee, who last suited up on Dec. 24, is bouncing back from a sprained ligament in his knee. He's not a lock to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars even if he is healthy enough to do so, with Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead (knee) -- health permitting -- also in the team's backfield mix.
QAndrew Sendejo DB MIN (9) 3 days ago
Sendejo (concussion), who was a limited practice participant Wednesday, seems to be "on track to start" in Sunday's NFC championship game in Philadelphia, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.
Suiting up this weekend will depend on Sendejo's progress through the concussion protocol, but he's through enough of the five steps to take part in individual drills Wednesday, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. Sendejo would improve his odds to play with a full practice by the end of the week. In the end, though, the Vikings' starting strong safety must receive clearance from an independent neurologist in order to do so.
QTom Brady QB NE (9) 3 days ago
Brady was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a right (throwing) hand injury.
While there's nothing at this stage to suggest that Brady's availability for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars is in any danger, this is a new injury issue for the QB, which thus merits monitoring in the coming days.
QAdam Thielen WR MIN (9) 3 days ago
Thielen didn't practice Wednesday due to a lower back injury.
During the open portion of practice, Thielen watched from the side without a helmet in hand, per Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. However, the notion that Thielen's absence was maintenance-related was backed up by Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, who relayed the injury "is not believed to be serious." Ultimately, the next two days will provide an indication of Thielen's availability for Sunday's NFC championship game at Philadelphia.
QZay Jones WR BUF (6) 3 days ago
Jones announced on Twitter that he had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum Tuesday, The Buffalo News reports. "Coming back even stronger," posted the rookie wideout.
There's still a mystery as to how much this affected Jones during his first NFL season, as his father posted last week that Jones played through pain all year, while the Bills reportedly never treated Jones for a labrum injury during the season and supposedly discovered that the issue needed surgery during a season-ending examination. Nonetheless, the surgery has been performed and Jones will likely be in good health by the time the serious offseason happenings come. If you're an optimist, you'll look at Jones as a good buy-low option with room to grow after coming off a season with a possible injury hindrance, poor quarterback play, unimaginative play calling, and his own struggles with a new offense.
QTom Brady QB NE (9) 3 days ago
Brady (undisclosed) is slated to appear on the Patriots' injury report in advance of Sunday's playoff game against the Jaguars, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
The report adds that Brady is slated to meet with the team's medical staff Wednesday. While there's no reason to believe that Brady's availability for Sunday's AFC championship game is in any peril, it's appears as though he's managing some sort of injury at this stage. Added clarity on that front should arrive upon the release of Wednesday's practice participation/injury report.
IRMalcolm Mitchell WR NE (9) 3 days ago
The Patriots won't activate Mitchell (knee) from injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Mitchell's three-week window for activation from IR was scheduled to close Wednesday, and after appearing only a few times in drills during that stretch, the decision was likely an easy one for the Patriots to make. As a result, his second pro campaign will close without a single offensive snap due to a right knee injury suffered in the preseason.
Alex Ellis TE NO (5) 3 days ago
The Saints signed Ellis to a reserve/future contract Tuesday, Joel A. Erickson of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
Ellis didn't log any NFL action during the past season, but made six appearances for the Jaguars during his rookie campaign in 2016, hauling in three of four targets for 11 yards. He'll join the Saints for their offseason program and could vie for a roster spot at tight end during training camp.
Walter Powell WR JAC (8) 3 days ago
The Jaguars signed Powell to their practice squad Tuesday.
With all five receivers on the Jaguars' 53-man roster in seemingly good health entering Sunday's AFC championship against the Patriots, Powell isn't in line for a promotion. Instead, the Jaguars will likely evaluate him in practices for the duration of their postseason run before determining whether he's worthy of keeping around for their offseason program.