Sunday's Week 9 game versus the Washington Commanders might be an opportunity for second-year wide receiver Tyquan Thornton to finally make an impact in the New England Patriots offense.
But first, he must overcome a foot injury.
Thornton was a new addition to the injury report Friday with a foot issue. He was a limited participant in Friday's practice and is officially listed as questionable to play Sunday.
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Thornton was a healthy scratch last week and has only appeared in two games this season -- Week 6 at the Las Vegas Raiders and Week 7 versus the Buffalo Bills. He has tallied two receptions for eight yards on three targets in those matchups.
With veteran wideout Kendrick Bourne out for the season with a torn ACL, and DeVante Parker already ruled out for Week 9 due to a concussion, the Patriots might be forced to give more snaps to some of their younger wide receivers. Kayshon Boutte and Demario Douglas could benefit as a result, and Thornton might also if he's healthy.
Staying healthy has been difficult for Thornton. He has played in just 15 of a possible 25 regular season games over two seasons. But if Thornton can get on the field Sunday, he'll have an opportunity to impress the Patriots coaches against a below-average Commanders defense.