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Patriots-Dolphins Week 2 injury report: Marcus Cannon among three questionable players

Patriots-Dolphins Week 2 injury report: Marcus Cannon among three questionable players

UPDATE, 1 p.m., Saturday: Patriots have downgraded running back and special teamer Brandon Bolden (hamstring) to out. 

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The New England Patriots have a few players that are going to be listed as questionable ahead of their Week 2 battle with the Miami Dolphins.

According to the Patriots official injury report, the Patriots have deemed starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (shoulder), tight end Matt LaCosse (ankle), and special teams ace Brandon Bolden (hamstring) as questionable for the game in Miami. All three players were active last week, though LaCosse didn't see the field due to the ankle injury.

Of the group, Cannon's potential loss would have the most impact. The tackle suffered the shoulder injury late in the contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots don't have many options available to replace him, which prompted them to sign veteran Marshall Newhouse to provide tackle depth. He could be forced into action as the starting tackle if the team isn't confident that Korey Cunningham -- who was inactive last week -- can man the role.

The other option would be to kick left guard Joe Thuney out to right tackle while playing Jermaine Eluemunor or James Ferentz at left guard. That would be a lot of shuffling on the line but Thuney, who was solid at left tackle during training camp, could be their best option on the edge.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins have already declared safety Reshad Jones (knee) out and wide receiver Albert Wilson (hip/calf) out and they have four players questionable. The questionable players are former Patriot linebacker Trent Harris (foot), defensive end Charles Harris (wrist), defensive back Bobby McCain (shoulder), and center Daniel Kilgore (shoulder).

Inactives will be announced for both teams 90 minutes prior to game-time on Sunday.

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Demaryius Thomas blasts Patriots, calls trade to Jets 'disrespectful'

Demaryius Thomas blasts Patriots, calls trade to Jets 'disrespectful'

Demaryius Thomas apparently has a lot to get off his chest.

Mostly quiet during his tenure in New England, the Jets wide receiver took a flamethrower to the Patriots on Wednesday, accusing his former team of "insulting" him by not giving him a chance to succeed.

"It was insulting, for sure,” Thomas told the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. “Once I got cut (on August 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone.

"So, it’s like, ‘Why did I waste my time?’ Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me."

The Patriots signed Thomas in April, taking a flyer on the five-time Pro Bowler as he recovered from a December 2018 Achilles injury. The team released him during final roster cuts but re-signed him two days later, at which point Thomas thought he was safe.

After the Patriots traded him to the Jets on Sept. 10 -- one day after signing Antonio Brown -- the 31-year-old felt stabbed in the back.

"They kicked me (to the curb) and shipped me out like I’m just a rookie," Thomas told Mehta. " ... It was disrespectful to me."

" ... You told me when you cut me at the (final) cut, sit around you’ll bring me back. And I stayed. I could have easily become a Jet once I got cut. … I could have been here the next day after I got released. But I chose to stay."

Thomas also detailed Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's rather rational explanation for trading him to New York.

"Coach (Belichick) came up to me and was like, ‘Uh, we got too many guys. We can’t get the ball around enough and we’re going to trade you to the Jets,' " Thomas said. "And that was that."

Thomas caught two touchdown passes in New England's fourth preseason game but never appeared in a regular-season game, as the Patriots deemed him expendable after signing Brown.

The Brown experiment obviously didn't work out, though, and Thomas seems intent on rubbing a little salt in New England's wound ahead of the teams' Week 7 contest on Monday night.

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Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Marquis Flowers, Sterling Moore, Sealver Siliga among ex-Patriots taken in XFL draft

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers, ex-Pats Sterling Moore, a cornerback, and Sealver Siliga, a defensive tackle, were among the players with New England ties selected in the XFL draft.

The spring football league that played one season in 2001 is being rebooted and will begin play in February with eight teams. Its two-day draft concluded Wednesday.

Players were picked in five phases of the draft in the following order: skill position, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. An open portion concluded the draft.

Flowers, 27, who played for the Patriots in 2017, was selected with the Dallas Renegades' second pick of the open portion.

Siliga, 29, a Patriot from 2012-15, also went to Dallas with their second pick of the front seven phase.

Moore, 29, known for stripping the ball from Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans in the end zone and denying what would've been a winning touchdown catch in the Pats' 2011 AFC Championship Game victory, was picked by the Seattle Dragons in the defensive back phase.

Other notable ex-Patriots, defensive end Kony Ealy, acquired in a trade by New England in 2017 but cut that summer in training camp, was the first pick of the Houston Roughnecks in the open phase. Running back Ralph Webb, an undrafted free agent who had a strong preseason opener in 2018 before being cut, was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Vipers in the open phase and linebacker Scooby Wright, who played for the Patriots this past preseason and was cut from their practice squad Oct. 1, was chosen by the DC Defenders in the front-seven phase. 

Former Boston College running back Andre Williams was selected by Houston in the skill position phase.

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