New England Patriots starting linebacker Jamie Collins missed the team’s 35-17 runaway victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. The fourth-year product out of Southern Mississippi did not participate in the Patriots’ Week 7 win while nursing a hip injury.
Collins was present at practice on Wednesday after the Patriots players had a well-deserved off day on Tuesday. At 5-1, New England remains the lone undefeated team in the AFC in advance of a road matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Collins hurt his hip last Thursday in practice and was then limited in Friday’s workout, but the Patriots still opted to hold him out of the game. New England managed to clamp down the Bengals offense in the second half to complete a blowout win.
New England had perfect practice attendance on Wednesday outside of Collins.
The team’s three players on the PUP list — running back Dion Lewis, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and guard Tre’ Jackson — remained sidelined, however. All three became eligible to return to practice on Tuesday, but that would start a 21-day clock before New England would be forced to elevate them to the 53-man roster.