Patriots set for Thursday night showdown with Colts

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Gordon #10 talks with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — It’s a short week for the New England Patriots, as the team had just three days in between Sunday’s win over the Dolphins and Thursday’s game against the Colts.

They’ll look to continue the momentum from their 38-7 victory and get over .500 for the first time since Week 1.

Thursday night marks the much-anticipated return of wide receiver Julian Edelman after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. It will be Edelman’s first meaningful action since Super Bowl 51 in Houston when the Patriots came back to beat the Falcons. He missed all of 2017 with an ACL injury.

Several Patriots are listed as questionable for the game, including TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Josh Gordon and LB Elandon Roberts while several key Colts are listed as out, including WR T.Y. Hilton, RB Marlon Mack and TE Jack Doyle.

Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. and will be televised live on Fox Providence.

Here are some notes and quotes from this past week to get you caught up before the game:

Notes:

The Patriots have beaten the Colts seven straight times since 2009, including two postseason games. The average final score has been 41-22.

Rookie running back Sony Michel rushed for 112 yards in Sunday’s win against the Dolphins. Since 2000, the Patriots are 48-1 when a running back eclipses 100 yards on the ground.

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower needs one more sack to reach 20 sacks for his career.

Quotes:

Devin McCourty on the return of Edelman: “He just has great leadership, obviously in his 10th year here. You guys see it – full of energy always, hyper, talking. So it’s just, I think for a lot of guys that have been here, you’re just used to him, used to him being there. Even at times when he was hurt, he was still yelling and screaming in the locker room. Obviously, a really good player, he’s made a lot of plays here, so it’s just good to have him back.”

Tom Brady on short week, how lack of preparation won’t affect chemistry with Edelman: “I know his body language, I know his ability to get open, my confidence in him. All those things come up. So, when you get matchups and he’s open, he gets it. He gets open so quick. I think that’s the thing about Julian – his explosiveness in the routes, in and out of breaks. It’s very comforting for a quarterback to see a guy get open really early in a route.”

“We’ve played so much football together,” Brady continued. “I really have no doubt where he’s going to be at, what he’s capable of. He’s been a great player for our team. I think everyone’s excited to have him back.”

Bill Belichick on wide receiver Phillip Dorsett’s development: “Phillip [Dorsett] has done a good job for us. He really has – as you know, he is a smart kid. He works hard and he’s got good skills. He can run. He’s got good quickness. He’s got good hands and plays multiple positions for us offensively. He’s done a good job for us. He’s made some big plays in the passing game. He’s made some big plays on catch and run type plays with the ball in his hands.”

For more pre-game coverage – join us for a special edition of New England Nation at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Providence, and stay with us after the game for live coverage from Gillette Stadium.

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