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Pats-Bucs practice participation/injury report: Rowe misses practice

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Pats-Bucs practice participation/injury report: Rowe misses practice

FOXBORO -- Eric Rowe was the lone Patriots player not to participate in practice on Tuesday due to injury, making it highly unlikely that he's able to suit up for Thursday's game with the Bucs.

Rowe felt as though his groin injury was at 100 percent going into the Panthers game, but he re-aggravated it on the first snap of the second half and left the game. With a short turnaround and a trip to Tampa, it seems like Rowe -- who was spotted in the locker room with a noticeable limp on Monday -- will not be in uniform.

Nate Solder was also not practicing on Tuesday, though the team announced later in the day that he missed for non-football related reasons.

On a positive note from the Patriots' end of things, Elandon Roberts (ankle) returned to practice. He left Sunday's game after teammate Alan Branch fell onto the back of his legs in the third quarter. Roberts was also limping in the locker room on Monday, but we'll have to wait and see on his availability in Tampa Bay.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
S Brandon King (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OT Nate Solder (not injury related)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring)
LB Lavonte David (ankle)
S Keith Tandy (hip)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
S T.J. Ward (hip)

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

0:41 - The BST crew breaks down the Celtics’ 107-95 loss to the Utah Jazz. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Tom Giles from the TD Garden and Michael Holley and Kayce Smith analyze Gordon Hayward’s pregame comments about his recovery and return.

8:07 - Do Bill Belichick and the Patriots attempt to shut down Le'Veon Bell or Antonio Brown this weekend against the Steelers? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss and Phil Perry and Kayce Smith break down the matchup with this week’s tale of the tape.

14:36 - The Red Sox watched another slugger get scooped up, as the Philadelphia Phillies signed Carlos Santana. Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles discuss Boston’s interest in still-available J.D. Martinez and how much he could cost the club.

Injury report: Branch out, 10 Patriots questionable

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Injury report: Branch out, 10 Patriots questionable

The Patriots final injury report before their showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday includes 10 players listed as questionable and defensive lineman Alan Branch ruled out.

Branch, who hurt his knee in the Monday night loss to the Dolphins, missed three days of practice this week. Among the questionable are linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive lineman Trey Flowers, who didn't play against Miami. Tom Brady (Achilles), Brandon Cooks (hand) and Malcolm Butler (ankle) have been removed from the injury report. 

Cornerback Joe Haden (fibula) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) among the Steelers listed as questionable. The full injury report: