FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tight end Matt LaCosse will miss his third consecutive game this Sunday night due to a lingering knee injury. The veteran has been a limited participant in practices, but hasn't been fit to play since the Thursday night Giants game at Gillette last month.
New England downgraded LaCosse, who was originally listed as questionable for the Baltimore game, as the Patriots headed to T.F. Green Airport Saturday for their flight to Maryland. LaCosse is the first Patriot ruled out by New England for this game, meaning the team will have to deactivate six more players Sunday night to comply with the NFL's 46-man game day roster limit.
It will be interesting to see if fellow tight end Ryan Izzo is among them. He, too, has been sidelined from games since the Giants contest and has been limited in practices because of the concussion he suffered versus New York. New England currently only has one other tight end on the active roster, veteran Benjamin Watson.
Meanwhile, ESPN reported Saturday that the Patriots plan to activate rookie WR N'Keal Harry, who's been on IR but practicing the past couple of weeks. It remains to be seen if Harry will actually dress for and take part in Sunday night's game in Baltimore.