Byron Cowart

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Patriots downgrade CB Jason McCourty, DL Byron Cowart to out vs. Texans

Patriots downgrade CB Jason McCourty, DL Byron Cowart to out vs. Texans

The New England Patriots had 17 players listed as questionable on their Friday injury report. And on Saturday, two were officially downgraded to out.

According to the Patriots official Twitter account, cornerback Jason McCourty and defensive lineman Byron Cowart won't play for the Patriots against the Houston Texans.

McCourty, the starting No. 2 cornerback on the Patriots will miss his second consecutive game with a groin injury. J.C. Jackson will likely start in his place. 

Jackson has played in 11 games this season with one start. He has two interceptions on the season, both of which came against the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.

As for Cowart, the fifth-round pick out of Maryland was active for his fifth game last week against the Dallas Cowboys. He only played in three defensive snaps before exiting with the head injury that will sideline him this week.

Though the Patriots will be without McCourty and Cowart, it's looking possible that they could have the services of receivers Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion), per ESPN's Mike Reiss. Both are traveling with the team after being inactive last week. But if they can play this week, the Patriots will have much more depth at the receiver position.

Another positive of the injury report: none of the players dealing with illnesses were downgraded to out for the game. The only sick player to be declared out so far is third-string tight end Ryan Izzo.

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Five players you'll be talking about after Patriots-Titans preseason game

Five players you'll be talking about after Patriots-Titans preseason game

A lot went right for the Patriots in their first preseason game against the Lions, a 31-3 rout in Detroit one week ago.

The defense racked up nine sacks, while rookies Jarrett Stidham, Jakobi Meyers, Chase Winovich and N'Keal Harry were among the players who made strong early impressions in their first NFL games.

This Saturday night in Detroit, players fighting for roster spots get another chance to show their stuff and audition for a job on the team's 53-man roster.

Will there be any surprises — either positive or negative? And who should fans pay close attention to?

Phil Perry will be keeping a close eye on everything that goes down, and he says these five Patriots are guys you'll be talking about when the clock strikes zero in Nashville.

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