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Thoughts on Dominique Easley, Steve Maneri and Garrett Gilbert 12.17.14 at 4:01 pm ET
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Dominique Easley

1. Even before the start of the season, it was fairly evident that the Patriots 2014 rookie class was going to face an uphill battle for playing time. Entering camp, the roster was clearly pretty well stocked with entrenched veterans, and when midseason acquisitions like LeGarrette Blount, Alan Branch, Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers showed up, it pushed several of the ones who initially made the cut at the start of the season even further down the depth chart. That’s why, from this viewpoint, the decision to place first-round pick Dominique Easley on season-ending injured reserve isn’t a colossal issue. You never want to lose out on the services of any of your top picks for the season, but because the Patriots have good depth up front with the postseason looming (Branch, Ayers, Vince Wilfork, Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones, Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, etc. etc.), it doesn’t represent a seismic loss for the franchise at this point in the year. Easley was on and off the field throughout the spring and into the summer, and saw limited playing time throughout the year because of the knee issues. When he was healthy, he certainly showed the sort of disruptive skill set that the Patriots crave at the defensive line position. Going forward, once whatever knee procedures that need to take place have occurred, it’s on him to take a postgraduate year at Vince Wilfork University. He should keep your eyes open and his mouth shut, follow Wilfork around and learn what it takes to succeed in the NFL. Then, come back in the spring ready to go for 2015.

2. The addition of Steve Maneri to the active roster — taking the place of Easley — is interesting on a couple of levels. First off, Maneri has a background as both a tackle and tight end, and could figure prominently in those heavy sets the Patriots have run so effectively with Cameron Fleming over the course of the year. His versatility and skill set suggest he might be better suited to the job that some of the other options the Patriots have, at least right now with Fleming on the sideline. And second, this could tell us something about the overall state of Fleming’s health. The rookie out of Stanford has been missing since Week 12 because of what the team is calling an ankle injury, and the addition of Maneri could be a sign that the team feels it’s the sort of injury that could have the 6-foot-6, 325-pounder on the shelf for an extended stretch. (It could also be seen as a roundabout sort of challenge to fellow tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.) Ultimately, Maneri is a familiar face who presumably won’t need a lot of time to get up to speed, so if you’re a Patriots fan, that’s a good thing if he’s pressed into service in rapid fashion.

3. And last — but not least — the Patriots went and added another quarterback to the mix in Garrett Gilbert, who landed on the practice squad. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder out of SMU was on the Rams practice squad — he was a sixth-round pick of St. Louis this past spring — before being cut loose in October. Gilbert had an up-and-down college career — after being recruited to Texas, he struggled in his three years with the Longhorns, playing 24 games and throwing 13 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and completing just 50.9 percent of his passes. Things picked up for him after transferring to SMU, and he posted career-best numbers across the board last year with the Mustangs, throwing for 3,528 yards and 21 touchdowns to go with seven interceptions and an impressive 66.5 percent completion rate. It had been known that the Patriots were in the market for a third quarterback — they were interested in Chicago rookie David Fales before he was promoted to the active roster. However, at this point, Gilbert projects to be a practice squad/scout teamer who could be in the mix as a camp arm in the spring. Here’s some video of his college work while at SMU:

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Dominique Easley (knee) ruled out Sunday, Rob Ninkovich, Dont’a Hightower among 9 questionable 12.12.14 at 4:53 pm ET
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Dominique Easley

FOXBORO — Rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley will miss his third game of the season Sunday after being ruled out on Friday’s injury report released by the team. Easley has been dealing with a nagging knee injury.

Rob Ninkovich (heel) continues to headline the limited players, as this is the first time he’s appeared on the injury report this season. Chandler Jones (hip) and Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), who both missed Sunday’s game, were limited. Offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), who has missed the last three games, was also limited. Julian Edelman (thigh) was again limited, as has been the case in recent weeks.

Edelman, Ninkovich, Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower are among those listed officially as questionable. Hightower missed last Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury while Jones has missed the last six with a hip issue.

The Patriots did get some good news as Danny Aiken, who suffered a concussion against the Lions on Nov. 23, was removed from the injury report altogether and is expected to play Sunday.

Here is Friday’s complete practice report:

Did not practice

DL Dominique Easley (knee) OUT

Limited participation

OL Dan Connolly (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
WR Julian Edelman (thigh) QUESTIONABLE
OL Cameron Fleming (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
DE Chandler Jones (hip) QUESTIONABLE
WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) QUESTIONABLE
DE Rob Ninkovich (heel) QUESTIONABLE
RB Shane Vereen (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
LB Chris White (ankle) QUESTIONABLE

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle) PROBABLE

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Dominique Easley (knee), Joe Vellano missing from Patriots practice at 12:18 pm ET
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Dominique Easley

FOXBORO — In a sign that he could miss Sunday’s game, rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley missed his third practice of the week Friday with a lingering knee injury. Easley has played through the knee issue for most of the season, serving as a backup in each of the last two games. Easley has missed just two of New England’s 13 games this season.

He is the only player to miss the entire week as the Patriots prepare to host the Dolphins Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Also missing was practice squad defensive lineman Joe Vellano.

The team worked out in sweats and shells in the brisk conditions, with a wind out of the north making it feel much colder than the temperature in the upper 30s. The only player wearing shorts in the biting cold was defensive lineman Chris Jones.

The team will conduct a walkthrough on Saturday before taking on the Miami Dolphins Sunday. The Patriots will clinch their sixth straight AFC East title with a win.

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LeGarrette Blount returns to practice, Rob Ninkovich (heel) remains one of 10 limited 12.11.14 at 4:09 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount. (Getty Images)

LeGarrette Blount. (Getty Images)

FOXBORO — LeGarrette Blount was back at practice on Thursday while Dominique Easley (knee) was the only player not participating, per the Patriots injury report of Thursday afternoon.

Blount was in court in Pittsburgh Wednesday morning, explaining his absence from practice on Wednesday. Easley has been battling a knee injury all season but has missed just one game.

Rob Ninkovich (heel) continues to headline the limited players, as this is the first time he’s appeared on the injury report this season. Chandler Jones (hip) and Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), who both missed Sunday’s game, were limited. Offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), who has missed the last three games, was also limited. Julian Edelman (thigh) was again limited, as has been the case in recent weeks.

Here is Thursday’s complete practice report:

Did not practice

DL Dominique Easley (knee)

Limited participation

LS Danny Aiken (concussion)
OL Dan Connolly (ankle)
WR Julian Edelman (thigh)
OL Cameron Fleming (ankle)
LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder)
DE Chandler Jones (hip)
WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder)
DE Rob Ninkovich (heel)
RB Shane Vereen (ankle)
LB Chris White (ankle)

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)

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Dominique Easley lone Patriot absent at start of practice at 12:29 pm ET
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According to reports, rookie defensive lineman Dominique Easley was the only Patriots player not present at the start of practice on Thursday. He missed Wednesday’s practice with his lingering knee injury.

LeGarrette Blount (non-injury) returned after missing Wednesday’s session, as he was in court in Pittsburgh regarding a marijuana possession charge over the summer.

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Dominique Easley, LeGarrette Blount (court date) not present at Patriots practice 12.10.14 at 1:56 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots held practice outside in the rain and cold on the lower grass fields of Gillette Stadium on Wednesday in advance of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. LeGarrette Blount and Dominique Easley were the only players absent.

Blount reportedly had a court date in Pittsburgh this morning, and is likely the reasoning for his absence. Easley has been dealing with a knee injury all season, but has only missed one game (Buffalo).

Chandler Jones (hip) looked like a full participant, running and cutting on the wet grass, which is a good sign for his potential return Sunday. Linebacker Chris Jones (ankle) returned to practice after not practicing since suffering the injury during a practice right before Thanksgiving.

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Dominique Easley (knee) misses Patriots practice 11.20.14 at 4:42 pm ET
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Dominique Easley

The Patriots practiced outside in the cold on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium on Thursday in advance of Sunday’s game with the Lions. Chandler Jones (hip), Dominique Easley (knee) and Cameron Fleming (finger/ankle) all missed the session.

Jones hasn’t practiced since suffering the hip injury in Week 7, while Fleming didn’t practice Wednesday after leaving late in last Sunday’s game against the Colts with an ankle injury. It was Fleming’s first action since suffering a finger injury Week 4 against Kansas City, which he is still said to be dealing with. Easley missed the practice after being limited on Wednesday. It is worth noting that Wednesday’s practice was a walkthrough and Thursday’s was held in full pads.

Offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (knee) was removed from the injury report.

On a side note, Sealver Siliga was spotted at Wednesday’s walkthrough, but his 21-day window of coming off short-term injured reserve has not started yet.

For the Lions, running back Joique Bell was limited in practice after not practicing at all on Wednesday. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive lineman Nick Fairley once again did not practice.

Here is the complete Patriots practice report:

Did not practice

DL Dominique Easley (knee)
OL Cameron Fleming (finger/ankle)
DE Chandler Jones (hip)

Limited participation

OL Marcus Cannon (hip)
S Nate Ebner (finger)
WR Julian Edelman (thigh)

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)

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