At this point, the Patriots have to be close to calling Troy Brown. Or maybe even Randy Moss.
Continuing a trend of injuries to offensive players this season, the Patriots were forced to finish last night’s win over the Bills without wide receivers Danny Amendola or Aaron Dobson.
The Patriots are without wide receiver Julian Edelman for several more weeks with a broken foot and had to put running back Dion Lewis (torn ACL), tackle Nate Solder (torn biceps) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (knee) on injured reserve, so injuries have become part of life around there.
“We’ve lost a lot of guys, and we’ve lost quite a few guys over the last three weeks,” quarterback Tom Brady said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “I think we’ll just keep fighting and figure out a way to win.”
Dobson left with a left ankle injury in the first half, and had to be carted to the locker room after he couldn’t put any weight on it.
Amendola left with a knee injury in the third quarter, and tried to play through it for a few plays, before hobbling off again.
“It’s never good to see that,” tight end Rob Gronkowski said. “You never want to see a player go down on either side of the ball. Just hoping for the best. [Amendola] is a hard worker. Just got to keep on playing. Guys are stepping up throughout the game, and everyone on offense has to work together.”
The injuries leave Brandon LaFell as the last healthy name-brand receiver on the roster, since Keshawn Martin was inactive last night with a hamstring injury. Rookie Chris Harper was just promoted from the practice squad, and special teamer Matthew Slater is listed as a wide receiver, so he might get pressed into duty there.
But as long as Brady and Gronkowski are well, the Patriots figure to have a chance, as piecing things together has been part of the story of this undefeated season.