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Patriots-Giants Week 6 injury report: WR Phillip Dorsett didn't practice Tuesday

Patriots-Giants Week 6 injury report: WR Phillip Dorsett didn't practice Tuesday

The New England Patriots could be without wide receiver Phillip Dorsett when they play the New York Giants on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

The veteran wideout didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, which doesn't bode well for his Week 6 availability.

Dorsett left New England's Week 5 win over the Washington Redskins in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. He never returned to the game, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Dorsett's injury is "minor." Two other Patriots wide receivers, Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon, both were limited participants in Tuesday's session.

Patriots linebacker Shilique Calhoun was added to the injury report Tuesday with an ankle issue.

The Giants' injury outlook is worse. New York could be without several of its best offensive players Thursday, including wide receiver Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley. 

Here are the Tuesday injury reports for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-0)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Phillip Dorsett, Hamstring

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead, Foot
LB Shilique Calhoun, Ankle
S Patrick Chung, Heel
S Nate Ebner, Groin
WR Julian Edelman, Chest
WR Josh Gordon, Knee

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-3)

NOTE: The Giants conducted a jog-through. The report is an estimation of what players would have done if the team had practiced.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Wayne Gallman, Concussion
WR Sterling Shepard, Concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Saquon Barkley, Ankle
LB Lorenzo Carter, Neck
TE Evan Engram, Knee

FULL PARTICIPATION
LB Tae Davis, Concussion
LB Alec Ogletree, Hamstring
T Nate Solder, Ankle
LB Josiah Tauaefa, Knee

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It wasn't perfect. And the grades reflect that. But it was yet another dominant effort from Bill Belichick's point as they get closer to the season's midway point. 

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Bill Belichick reacts to Mohamed Sanu trade, calls new Patriots WR 'a talented player'

Bill Belichick reacts to Mohamed Sanu trade, calls new Patriots WR 'a talented player'

The Atlanta Falcons made the Mohamed Sanu trade with the New England Patriots official Tuesday, but the defending Super Bowl champs have not yet acknowledged the move.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn't have anything to say about the trade during his morning conference call with reporters, but he was a little more forthcoming on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" show Tuesday afternoon.

“Well, I think we are working through that," Belichick said. "We'll see. We’ll put (Sanu) in and see how it goes. He’s a talented player. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s done different things, so we’ll see how it all fits for us.”

The Patriots gave up a 2020 second-round draft pick for Sanu, which is a fairly steep price, but he's not a rental. The 30-year-old wide receiver is signed through the 2021 season.

Sanu's addition upgrades the team's depth at wide receiver, which has been a concern throughout the season amid injuries and roster turnover. He's been quite durable over the last six seasons with only two games missed over that span. Sanu also was among Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's top targets, tallying at least 66 receptions, 700-plus yards and four touchdowns in each of the last two seasons.

The Patriots did not practice Tuesday but they'll be back at it Wednesday, when Sanu is expected to make his first appearance in New England colors. His first game action with the Patriots should come Sunday afternoon when the Cleveland Browns visit Gillette Stadium for a Week 8 matchup. 

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