Illness for Patriots LB Jamie Collins puts his status for game in doubt

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins, who missed Sunday's victory over Washington with an illness, remains out of practice and thus it puts his status for Sunday's game against the Giants in doubt.

Collins has stayed away from Gillette Stadium since coming down with the illness late last week.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network added that Collins is "battling a virus. He's very weak, hasn't been able to eat."

In addition to Collins, the Patriots practiced without right guard Tre' Jackson (left knee) and offensive tackles Sebastian Vollmer (concussion) and Marcus Cannon (toe) for the second straight day. Their status is also in doubt for Sunday and could spark a roster move, with an offensive lineman possibly being promoted from the practice squad.

Chris Barker (second year), Blaine Clausell (rookie), Keavon Milton (second year) and Torrian Wilson (rookie) are offensive linemen on the practice squad, with Barker the most experienced in the team's system.

Elsewhere on the roster, defensive end Jabaal Sheard returned to his first non-walkthrough practice Thursday since injuring his ankle Oct. 18 against the Colts. He is still expected to be limited in practice.

One other injury note: Rookie cornerback Justin Coleman, who was limited in practice Wednesday with a hand injury, was spotted with a hard cast over his right thumb and wrist at practice. He played through the injury Sunday against Washington, as it occurred during the game.

Finally, first-year defensive tackle Robert Thomas was in the Patriots' locker room this morning and then spotted at practice, as he could be joining the team's practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Thomas, who played at Arkansas, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2014 with Washington. So the Patriots got a closer look at him in joint practices in August 2014, and then the 2014 preseason opener. Thomas spent most of the 2014 season on Washington's practice squad and after he was released this September, he hooked on with the Seahawks' practice squad. Thomas was released from Seattle's practice squad Wednesday.