The hits for New England keep on coming.
Per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, McCourty suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday night's 27-6 win over the Texans. Though X-rays looking for more significant damage returned negative, the team is not sure if the sprain is a high ankle variety, which typically carries a more significant rehabilitation time. Either way, McCourty is not expected to miss the playoffs.
Fortunately for Belichick, he got rolling early and gave himself enough of a cushion. Knowing him, he'll take this as an opportunity to develop the next Malcolm Butler secretly, then deploy him during a crucial moment in the playoffs. Though he has warmth of a hedgehog, Belichick wouldn't have gotten this far without being an eternal optimist.
Here's the rest of the injuries we are tracking on Monday:
- Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered another concussion. The veteran signal-caller goes into the league's concussion protocol and the team will prepare T.J. Yates to start. Coach Bill O'Brien told reporters Monday that Hoyer also suffered a neck strain and hurt his wrist. "He took a beating out there," said O'Brien.
- Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (kidney) says the goal is to return to practice this week, though he still doesn't feel 100 percent back yet. Luck suffered a lacerated kidney and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle during the Week 9 game against the Broncos. Luck hasn't been medically cleared to practice or play and coach Chuck Pagano said he hasn't heard anything regarding whether Luck will be able to practice this week.