Pats-Bucs practice participation/injury report: Roberts, Rowe hurting

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FOXBORO -- The Patriots did not practice on Monday, but if they had, they would have been without two defensive players.

Both Eric Rowe (groin) and Elandon Roberts (ankle) would not have been able to participate in a practice because of their injuries. Both players were spotted in the locker room on Monday, and both were moving relatively gingerly.

Rowe was injured on the first play of the second half while making a tackle. At the time, he was subbing in for Stephon Gilmore as one of the team's two corners in its base defense. Had Rowe not been injured, it would have been telling to see just how long the Patriots were willing to keep Gilmore on the sidelines.

Roberts was rolled up on by teammate Alan Branch and left the game in the third quarter after making five tackles. If he's unable to play on Thursday, that could open the door for veteran David Harris to be active against the Buccaneers. Harris was a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Panthers and has played only seven defensive snaps this season.

Here's Monday's full practice participation/injury report for the Patriots and Bucs:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
S Brandon King (hamstring)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring)
LB Lavonte David (ankle)
S Keith Tandy (hip)
S T.J. Ward (hip)

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