Coach Bill Belichick said Friday no decision has been made on whether the New England Patriots will activate cornerback Brandon Browner or wide receiver Brian Tyms in time for Sunday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We’ll make that decision in the next 48-plus hours,” the coach said of the two players returning from four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s drug policy.
With a short week after the Patriots’ 41-14 loss at Kansas City on Monday night, the two players, both signed as free agents during the offseason, have had only one full day of practice with their teammates. The Patriots held an indoor walkthrough on Wednesday and wore just shoulder pads on Friday.
With the way the Patriots have been playing they need all the help they can get at this point. The Patriots have both Kembrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson in the dog house, and Tyms could be a good deep threat for the Pats. The team could also use the presence of Brandon Browner in their secondary. The Patriots could turn their season around, but they need a spark after the loss they took last week to the Chiefs.