Looking like Haynesworth won't go in opener

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Looking like Haynesworth won't go in opener

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO -- Albert Haynesworth hasn't practiced since last Thursday. That includes Wednesday morning's walkthrough in Gillette Stadium.The massive defensive tackle hasn't been out at practice as a spectator, either. Or been seen heading to work with trainers with the other injured guys. At 6-foot-6 and 350 pounds, he's a tough guy to hide. But the Patriots are doing it. And, if Bill Belichick is true to his generalization from Tuesday, Haynesworth won't play in the preseason opener Thursday night against Jacksonville. A player who hasn't practiced in the days leading to a game won't play, right?
"Id say thats probably right," Belichick agreed. "I hate to make any absolutes on that, but its probably right."Also absent from the walkthrough and not likely to play based on Belichick's rationale are Brandon Spikes, Ras-I Dowling, Shaun Ellis, Matt Light, Dan Connolly and Kevin Faulk. Chad Ochocinco was not at practice at the start but showed about halfway through. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who's had a very good start to camp, returned to the field after missing Tuesday's workout. Recent signees Andre Carter and Gerard Warren were on the field as well. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)