Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 11/19/11
For the last time before they face the Chiefs on Monday night, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his team worked out today. They did so in shells on the game field, and that’s where they’ll play on Monday. This is usually the time you can find out who will play in the game, as availability for the last practice often dictates that. What did we learn? Patriots CB Devin McCourty returned to practice with a separated shoulder, which is positive news. All along, it was difficult to gauge McCourtty’s availability, because it was based on how much pain he could take. Sounds like he’s fighting through it. In addition, LB Brandon Spikes (knee), LB Jeff Tarpinian (illness), and LB Dane Fletcher (thumb) were out. Figure Spikes and Fletcher may miss the game with their ailments. That would not be a surprise.
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