The Patriots placed linebacker Jarod Mayo on injured reserve Wednesday, providing an update on the condition of one of the three key members of the Patriots injured in Sunday’s victory over the Saints.
Wedensday’s practice provided the only kind of update one can expect from the Patriots when they announced that neither wide receiver Danny Amendola nor cornerback Aqib Talib took part. There’s been no confirmation yet that Amendola suffered a concussion when he took a hard hit to the head at the end of a running play last Sunday, but his absence on Wednesday and the team’s decision to bring in other receivers for workouts suggest that Amendola did suffer a concussion that puts him at risk of missing Week Seven.
Talib is dealing with an injured hip flexor that forced him out of the New Orleans game in the second half. Talib has dealt with hip injuries in the past and the Patriots might rest him against the receiver-deprived Jets this weekend in hopes of getting him back to full strength sooner rather than later.
Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who missed the Saints game with a knee injury, also missed practice on Wednesday. With Vince Wilfork out, Kelly’s importance to the defensive line is tough to overstate and the same could be said of his importance to the front seven as a whole with Mayo sidelined as well.