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IIWII Cast: Picking up slack for Dominique Easley, LeGarrette Blount and playoff outlook with Chris Price, Mike Petraglia 12.17.15 at 6:41 pm ET
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FOXBORO — In the latest edition of the It Is What It Is Cast, WEEI.com’€™s Chris Price is joined by Mike Petraglia to discuss the recent spate of injuries that have knocked defensive lineman Dominique Easley and running back LeGarrette Blount out of action. How will the Patriots make up for their losses and whose absence will be felt more? The WEEI.com Patriots team discuss this and what to expect from Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman in the final three weeks as they prep for the playoffs.

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Patriots make move of Dominique Easley to IR official, shuffle up practice squad 12.15.15 at 5:45 pm ET
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In addition to making the move of defensive lineman Dominique Easley to injured reserve official, the Patriots announced a series of practice squad transactions, signing running back Montee Ball and wide receiver DeAndre Carter to the practice squad and released wide receiver Austin Hill and defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles from the practice squad. The following is a portion of the release issued by the team on the moves:

Ball, 25, is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos (2013-14). The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a second round draft pick of Denver (58th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. He appeared in 21 regular-season games with three starts over his two years in Denver, totaling 731 yards and five touchdowns on 175 carries. Ball added 28 carries for 96 yards in three postseason games in 2013. He was released by Denver on Sept. 6, 2015.

Carter, 22, originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent out of Sacramento State on May 8, 2015. The 5-foot-8, 188-pounder, was released by the Ravens on Aug. 31, and joined the Oakland Raiders practice squad on Sept. 16. He was released by the Raiders practice squad on Dec. 1.

Hill, 24, has had two separate stints on the New England practice squad in 2015. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Oakland Raiders on May 5, 2015, out of Arizona. The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder, was released by the Raiders on May 27 and was signed by the New York Jets on July 28. He was released by the Jets on Aug. 30.

Quarles, 22, spent time with New England in 2014 and was signed to the practice squad this season on Dec. 2. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder, was claimed off waivers by the Patriots from the New York Giants on Aug. 31, 2014, released on Sept. 3, 2014, and then signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6. Indianapolis signed him to the 53-man roster from the New England practice squad on Sept. 16 and he rotated between the Colts 53-man roster and practice squad for the rest of the season, seeing action in two games and finishing with two total tackles. Quarles was released by Indianapolis at the end of training camp this past summer and spent one week on Cleveland’€™s practice squad. He was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent out of South Carolina on May 12, 2014.

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Report: Dominique Easley placed on injured reserve at 4:22 pm ET
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FOXBORO — According to CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran, the Patriots have placed defensive tackle Dominique Easley on injured reserve. He left Sunday’s game against the Texans with a thigh injury in the third quarter and didn’t return.

This is the second season in a row Easley has been placed on injured reserve. Last season was with a knee injury, which comes after suffering two torn ACL’s while at the University of Florida. Easley was selected in the first-round of the 2014 draft by New England.

Easley was having a solid season with 15 tackles and two sacks.

The Patriots now have an open spot on their 53-man roster.

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Bill Belichick: ‘Too early to tell’ extent of injuries to Patriots players 12.14.15 at 3:26 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount was one of four players to suffer an injury in Sunday's win. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

LeGarrette Blount was one of four players to suffer an injury in Sunday’s win. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Patriots were able to come away with a 27-6 win over the Texans Sunday night in Houston, but the win came with a cost, as four players were injured in the game and did not return.

Linebacker Jonathan Freeny injured his hand early in the game and didn’t return. Running back LeGarrette Blount injured his hip in the first half and didn’t return and finally, safety Devin McCourty (ankle) and defensive tackle Dominique Easley (thigh) were injured in the second half and didn’t come back.

It was reported earlier on Monday that McCourty suffered an ankle sprain, but it isn’t viewed as a long-time injury, while Freeny reportedly did not break his hand, although he was spotted with a cast after the game.

On a conference call Monday, Belichick was asked if he had any updates on the injuries and he interrupted the question and said, “It’s too early to tell.”

New England will hold their first practice of the week Wednesday and release the injury report later in the afternoon, which will offer the first real definitive update. The Patriots have three games left this season starting with hosting the Titans on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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Dominique Easley returns to practice, Rob Gronkowski still absent 12.04.15 at 10:25 am ET
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Dominique Easley (99) was back on the practice field Friday in Foxboro. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Dominique Easley (99) was back on the practice field Friday in Foxboro. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — The Patriots held an unusual morning practice on the upper grass fields Friday and they were joined by two players who returned to action.

After missing Wednesday and Thursday, defensive lineman Dominique Easley (ankle) and cornerback Justin Coleman (hand) were back on the field as the Patriots continued preparations for the Eagles Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

While Easley was back on the field, there is still a good deal of uncertainty as to whether he’ll be ready to go on Sunday. Just last week, Jamie Collins was back at practice on Friday but sat out Sunday in Denver.

The injury report with projected availability is due out on Friday afternoon.

Still missing were Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Edelman is still dealing with his reported broken foot, Gronkowski is “week-to-week” with his knee injury.

The Patriots worked out in sweats and shells again Friday outside Gillette. After not being spotted Wednesday and Thursday, practice squad corner Chris Greenwood was back on the field.

Linebackers Dont’a Hightower (knee) and Collins were again on hand for practice. It was Collins’ fourth straight practice, while Hightower had a brace following leaving Sunday’s game. Receiver Danny Amendola was also present for a third straight day. The fact that Collins, Hightower and Amendola were able to practice all week is an encouraging sign for their availability on Sunday. Collins has missed the last four games with an undisclosed illness.

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Rob Gronkowski, Dominique Easley again missing, Trey Williams makes debut at practice 12.03.15 at 1:34 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski and Dominique Easley remain absent from Patriots practice while new running back Trey Williams made his debut at practice.

The Patriots worked out in sweats and shells Thursday in raw, windy conditions outside Gillette Stadium as they continue prep work for the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday.

In addition to Gronkowski and Easley, wide receiver Julian Edelman, cornerback Justin Coleman and practice squad corner Chris Greenwood were not spotted at the start of practice.

Edelman is still dealing with his reported broken foot, Gronkowski is “week-to-week” with his knee injury and Coleman battling a hand injury, although he was spotted in the locker room before practice. Williams was signed Tuesday and Easley played all of Sunday night.

Linebackers Dont’a Hightower (knee) and Jamie Collins were again on hand for practice. It was Collins’ third straight practice, while Hightower had a brace following leaving Sunday’s game. Receiver Danny Amendola was also present for a second straight day.

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Rob Gronkowski, Dominique Easley among 5 players missing from Patriots practice 12.02.15 at 1:29 pm ET
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FOXBORO — There were a lot of things happening at Patriots practice Wednesday.

There were five players missing from the active roster: wide receiver Julian Edelman, cornerback Justin Coleman, running back Trey Williams, tight end Rob Gronkowski and defensive end Dominique Easley.

Edelman is still dealing with his reported broken foot, Gronkowski is “week-to-week” with his knee injury and Coleman battling a hand injury, although he was spotted in the locker room before practice. Williams was signed Tuesday and Easley played all of Sunday night. It’s unclear why Williams and Easley were not present.

Linebackers Dont’a Hightower (knee) and Jamie Collins were present. It was Collins’ second straight practice, while Hightower had a brace following leaving Sunday’s game. Receiver Danny Amendola was also present.

It appears linebacker Brandon King has switched his number to No. 42 from 36.

The team also appears to have made some changes to its practice squad. Chris Greenwood looks to have been cut with receiver Chris Harper (who was cut Monday) and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles being added.

The Patriots’ first injury report will come out later in the afternoon.

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