Chargers-Patriots Divisional Round Injury Report: Hunter Henry Officially Added to Active Roster
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The New England Patriots opened as 4.5-point favorites against the Los Angeles Chargers for Sunday’s AFC Divisional Round matchup, making this Tom Brady’s 67th consecutive start as a betting favorite (including playoffs).
Below is the full injury report and analysis for both teams heading into the week, but you can track daily practice participation and get the latest estimated statuses (and official game statuses) for every team in our Divisional Round Injury Report.
Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
- DT Brandon Mebane (personal)
- TE Hunter Henry (knee)
- LB Jatavis Brown (ankle)
Notable players on IR: CB Trevor Williams (knee), DT Corey Liuget (quad), LB Denzel Perryman (knee), LB Kyzir White (knee), CB Jason Verrett (Achilles)
The Chargers officially added Henry to their active roster on Monday, removing him from the PUP list for the first time this season. The team’s stud tight end wasn’t able to suit up for the wild-card matchup against the Ravens, but he has a shot at playing this week.
Still, it would be surprising if Henry played more than a limited role considering he doesn’t seem back to 100% yet.
Meanwhile, the defense is expected to again be without the services of two of their front-seven contributors. The Chargers’ reliance on safeties in the front-seven could potentially lead to a run-heavy strategy for the Patriots offense.
New England Patriots Injuries
- RB Cordarrelle Patterson (knee)
- TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring)
- S Devin McCourty (concussion)
Notable players on IR: RB Jeremy Hill (knee), OT Isaiah Wynn (Achilles), LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (shoulder), CB Eric Rowe (groin), WR Josh Gordon (suspended), WR Braxton Berrios (undisclosed)
The Patriots are relatively healthy after 16 weeks of regular-season action. The offense might not have some complementary pieces in Patterson and Hollister, but the key injury to monitor is McCourty. Pro Football Focus’ No. 17 overall safety is the linchpin of the Patriots’ underrated secondary.