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The Rap Sheet:
On Saturday before heading out of the locker room for radio silence as the Patriots get ready to face the Chiefs, I was talking to veteran DL Shaun Ellis. The former Jets star has garnered plenty of headlines, most of them related to facing his former team.
That’s to be expected, as Ellis was slated to be the full-time, every-down starter for the Patriots. But is that window of opportunity over? For now, yes.
This came up in conversation when I was asking Ellis about pressuring Chiefs QB Tyler Palko, specifically on passing downs. And Ellis, in his soft-spoken, generally good-natured way, cut me off.
“Well, I don’t play third downs,” Ellis said. “I’m only on run downs.”
The 34-year-old wasn’t complaining or griping. He was merely informing me that he didn’t play on passing downs. And while this is no surprise — it was evident last week in extended snaps for Mark Anderson – it was interesting to hear him say it like it was obvious. A done deal.
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Patriots CB Devin McCourty gave everyone a pretty good scare against the Jets, staying down for several moments while separating his shoulder. To add context, I wrote about why it’s so difficult to come up with a timeline for the injury, as it would depend on his pain level.
Though he practiced Saturday, he was listed as doubtful for tonight’s game. With good reason.
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