Another week, more offensive injuries for Patriots

AP

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.

72 responses to “Another week, more offensive injuries for Patriots

  1. If the injuries weren’t so bad it’d be a cake walk to the SB. Not so much now but they still have a chance since the NFL has terrible quality of play this year.

  2. They’re in trouble. Hopefully Amendola’s injury isn’t too bad, because Dobson doesn’t look like he’s going to play anytime soon. Scott Chandler has been pretty disappointing too. All they have left now is Lafell, James White and Gronk. Don’t have much faith in Martin and Harper at this point.

  3. Amazing. Some would shake their head and wonder how they get it done. Smoke and mirrors? Others cry cheating when in reality this team guts it out every week and pulls out the W. Pats GOAT.

  4. .

    These are not your September Patriots.

    Much of the Patriots early season success came from using players like Dion Lewis or Gronkowski at both their regular positions and as WRs. If the defense played run, then the Patriots would flex Gronk and Lewis out to WR drawing single coverage from a linebacker. If the defense played pass, the Patriots would bring them back to their usual RB and TE slots and run it on you.

    That brand of football is over. Now the Patriots have a very good QB and TE, but lots of questions elsewhere. If Amendola is out, the cupboard is bare at WR. The offensive line consists of late round rookies and guys who’ve already missed time due to injury. Most people got their first look at RB James White last night. What was once a high powered offense with an array of weapons is a shell of its former self.

    At this point, the Patriots will only go as far as their defense takes them.
    .

  5. This must be causing an unusual amount of burning & itching for Hateriods. Witnessing true greatness should be enjoyable but sadly Haternation is left sleepless. Pats fans sleep with a smile 🙂

  6. Due to the overload of commercials, there’s too much time standing around between plays keeping players from staying loose. A body is more vulnerable to injury having to go to quick intense bursts from standing still. Greed is going to kill the NFL.

  7. Brady could win if I was running 9 routes for him. But at my age they’d be 3 1/2 routes and we’d still put up a few scores.

  8. Next man up, but they are running out of next man up at this point.

    Should of grabbed Welker a few weeks back. Randy Moss maybe? Terrell Owens maybe? Somebody please. Going to get ugly.

  9. This is a testament to Tom Terrific and the system in NE. Year in year out, with exceptions of Moss and Gronk, Tom and Bill takes league scrubs and makes them look great. Tom even made Dan Amendola look like a winner. These guys go somewhere else and they aren’t that good – the list is a mile long. It says something about the great system they have in NE. Obviously they still want fans to buy the Edelman and Amendola Jerseys but really do you need gear more than a #12 jersey and a nice hoody..

  10. I loved how Brady got on his line for bad blocking. That’s what he should do, regardless of who the players are. That was a good game. Two teams fighting from start to finish!

  11. Another reason why I think both the Panthers and Cardinals would beat them. Brady certainly gives them a fighting chance and I would never count that guy out, but the Patriots are the walking wounded that’s not going to get any better before next year.

  12. THE ENTIRE NFL is bad this year..
    Patriots are not that good, they have a super easy schedule..
    They got Steelers without Big Ben, They beat Jets and Biffalo who are not very good and then they beat horrible teams like redskins and Jags…
    Patriots are a team that will get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs…

  13. To be 10-0 with as many injuries as they have is incredible. half the O Line..most of the recievers..The 1 seed at least the 2 seed is a probablility at this point. Lose a game..rest some guys. TRY to be healthy for January

  14. Only team in the league, who doesn’t make excuses, or bemoan those who are not there.

  15. Another week, another injury, another win.

    Man, how does it feel? After 6 months of public humiliation the New England Patriots are again doing what they’ve done better than every other team for the last 15 years.

    And that’s make your childhood idols look like mediocre, shadows of this great franchise.

    Cue your cheater jokes, we certainly know you are FRESH out of real football statistics to come equipped with.

  16. Brady said: “I think we’ll just keep fighting and figure out a way to win.”

    Translation: “I think we’ll get more creative and figure out a way to cheat.”

  17. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Nov 24, 2015 8:58 AM

    THE ENTIRE NFL is bad this year..
    Patriots are not that good, they have a super easy schedule..
    They got Steelers without Big Ben, They beat Jets and Biffalo who are not very good and then they beat horrible teams like redskins and Jags…
    Patriots are a team that will get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs…
    __________________________________
    Big Ben played against the Pats the didn’t have Bell that game. And of course the Pats play weaker schedule. It’s not like they can play themselves.

  18. Who needs first-string players when you already always know what play or defense the other is going to run ?

  19. Going to be fun to watch Brady take a beating without Edelman or Amendola creating the quick pass opportunities. We’ll see how Brady feels about playing 10 more yrs after he takes more poundings like last night. And yes, he is about to get another pounding in Denver.

  20. I like this team’s chances if the defense get Jamie Collins back and healthy. I thought early unlike most that the Patriots would be unstoppable on offense if they can stay healthy but at this point now It is going to be about managing the game and not putting the defense in bad spots. The Pats are a five and a half point favorite somehow at Denver and I’ll be honest Denver’s defense is much better than the bills and that place is been the Patriots house of horrors for as long as I can remember so I’m actually going to be pretty surprised if New England comes out of there with a win. Amendola going down I think is the straw that breaks the camel’s back for this game.

  21. mjdkid100 says: Nov 24, 2015 6:10 AM

    If the injuries weren’t so bad it’d be a cake walk to the SB. Not so much now but they still have a chance since the NFL has terrible quality of play this year.
    ——————————————————-
    Seriously. The NFL stinks this year. Players, refs, coaches. Everybody. Average has become outstanding.

  22. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says:
    Nov 24, 2015 8:58 AM
    THE ENTIRE NFL is bad this year..
    Patriots are not that good, they have a super easy schedule..
    They got Steelers without Big Ben, They beat Jets and Biffalo who are not very good and then they beat horrible teams like redskins and Jags…
    Patriots are a team that will get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs…

    ____

    So, who is the team that beats them in the first round? Assuming they get the bye, and all they have to do is go 3-3 over the next few weeks and they finish 13-3, they’ll get top seed. So, that means one of the 4-6 seeds has to go to Foxboro and beat them. Indy? KC? Buffalo? Doubtful. Now if Pittsburgh doesn’t win the division, they could end up in Foxboro in that round. That could be trouble.

  23. The key to this game was defense for both teams. The Patriots defense came up just a little better than the Bills, but both clubs deserve high praise for a hard fought game.

    This is the point in the season when every team is adjusting for injuries. The winner in February is usually the team that makes the best adjustments to an ever changing roster.

    Based on last nights competition, both teams deserve to be in the post season.

  24. The Patriots are wounded…..but they will be getting some WRs back by the time the playoffs come around. And let’s not forget, Denver still needs to play Cincinnati so one of those two teams is guaranteed at least 3 losses.

    It’s a really bad year for the #Haters.

  25. As the weather gets colder, it will only get worse for the Deflatriots.

    Tom Brady’s first cold weather game with fully inflated footballs in 8 years:

    20/39 (51%), 277 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (would have been 2 if not for hold call), 72.3 passer rating.

    Without deflated footballs, he’s Trent Dilfer.

  26. I think Slater might have gotten injured last night too, or at least aggravated a past injury… he’s been pretty banged up and seemingly has a play each week where he has to barely hobble off the field.

  27. It doesn’t matter…Pats will be gifted another title from the NFL. NFL is increasingly becoming a league with less and less credibility. Refs are horrible. Cheating is allowed. Goodell is an idiot. The list goes on.

  28. Brady cheats… The Patriots cheats… THAT must be it, right haters?
    Down to 2 wide receivers and Brady still won. How to explain that? Brady got banged around worse than a piñata yet haters still mouths off that Brady is weak. When you haters say that the Pats cheat, we now take it as an accolade. Yep…. Brady is unbelievably great.

    So haters whines about the Patriots’ easy opponents… Cup cakes? Funny, before the Pats beat them these same opponents supposedly have the best defense, the best etc… Same when they are stockpiling their super weapons. The Patriots will now lose because they lost Revis, Browner and their good players were poached by their rivals. Amazing how the supposedly steel turn to cupcakes once the Pats beat them. So now Denver will beat the Patriots because the Pats are decimated. Denver has the best defense… No weakness right? Let’s see what haters next excuse would be.. Never mind… I forgot. The Pats cheat. They even ” cheat” and defy the haters’ idol KARMA.

  29. Yeah Steelerfanjo, because its so painfully obvious that the NFL loves the Patriots consistently winning.

    Their actions have shown no propensity to try and knock them down a peg.

  30. steelerfanjo says:
    Nov 24, 2015 11:00 AM
    It doesn’t matter…Pats will be gifted another title from the NFL. NFL is increasingly becoming a league with less and less credibility. Refs are horrible. Cheating is allowed. Goodell is an idiot. The list goes on.

    ———-

    Chin up man….there is one constant: your team still stinks!

  31. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says:
    Nov 24, 2015 8:58 AM
    THE ENTIRE NFL is bad this year..
    Patriots are not that good, they have a super easy schedule..
    They got Steelers without Big Ben, They beat Jets and Biffalo who are not very good and then they beat horrible teams like Redskins and Jags…
    Patriots are a team that will get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs…
    _______________
    PFT comments, where foolishness flows and facts are sparse. Steelers were without Big Ben? One would expect a football fan might have watched the very first game of the season, if you had you would have seen Roethlisberger playing in it at the least his 26/38 stat line should be a give away. It wasn’t hard to find
    The Pats opponents winning percentage is .420, only 2 division leaders have played more teams at or above .500, again not hard to find.

    The Pats skill position injuries put them at serious risk but it’s doubtful they will be playing in the first round. Current standings and remaining schedules are pretty easy to find as well

  32. Had it not been for injuries last years SuperBowl would have been the Patriots VS the Cardinals.

    The Cardinals were 9/1 and 3 games ahead of the Seahawks in the NFC West. Then Carson Palmer was injured. Then Drew Stanton was injured and our season was over.

    This years SuperBowl should be the Patriots VS Cardinals… If both teams stay healthy in December and January.

    Right now it appears the Patriots have been bitten by the injury bug. I wish that on no team and hope they can continue to hold it all together.

    Go Cards!!!

  33. .
    I was taking bets on how soon Amendola would get injured now that Edelman was out…
    I was guessing 3rd quarter of the this game.
    I originally thought he would make it to the 2nd game, then remembered I was talking about Amendola…

  34. osiris33 says:
    Nov 24, 2015 10:47 AM
    As the weather gets colder, it will only get worse for the Deflatriots.

    Tom Brady’s first cold weather game with fully inflated footballs in 8 years:

    20/39 (51%), 277 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (would have been 2 if not for hold call), 72.3 passer rating.

    Without deflated footballs, he’s Trent Dilfer.

    Yeah, it had nothing to do with the oline not being able to keep him from getting walloped every other play.

    Repeating the lie of deflation confirms jealousy and ignorance.

    Any thoughts on why we will never see inflation numbers? Come on, you’re soooo sure of your position, right?

  35. pittsburghdamned says:
    Nov 24, 2015 10:07 AM
    *******

    Anyone else laugh every time he throws those tantrums on-camera like a bratty child?

    Who are you asking about, John Harbaugh or Mike Tomlin?

  36. pittsburghdamned says:
    Nov 24, 2015 10:07 AM
    Tommy “Hair Plugs & Uggs” better turn up the cheating in the meantime then.

    Anyone else laugh every time he throws those tantrums on-camera like a bratty child?

    Another stealer fan in need of an eye exam.

  37. BB- Brady, what is best in life?

    Brady – to crush your enemies, to see their fans driven crazy before you and t0 hear the lamentation of the women.

    Looks like all the usual suspects showed up this morning to spew their hate based ignorant comments.

    Sorry ladies, maybe next week. It astounds me that soo many Hateroids live for the day when the Pats lose a game. One game. That’s all it would take to make their season.

    So sad.

  38. pittsburghdamned says:
    Nov 24, 2015 10:07 AM
    Tommy “Hair Plugs & Uggs” better turn up the cheating

    So what, poopy head wasn’t strong enough?

    Level of jealousy is astounding. On second though, no, it’s not.

  39. fatsolio says:
    Nov 24, 2015 6:47 AM

    Let’s act like they are the only team to be hit by injuries.
    ————————

    Why? All teams have injured players.

  40. One and donskies. Only so many o-line injuries and top level skill position injuries an offense can take.

    Not even the Giants 4 Year Prophecy can save this team. Bills D was playing chess last night, Shady Brady was playing Horseshoes with like 15 quit pass plays turf tossed after two seconds/sometimes longer. Their cream puff schedule playing a slew of weak sauce QBs & weak sauce teams now shows how cream puff their 10-0 is. Far more impressed with the Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, even the Broncos with their #1 D now that Osweiler will give their offense a chance instead of INT laden Peyton. And the Steeler offense may be the best in the AFC even with gimpy Ben.

    One and Donetriots easy.

  41. I remember the year AP won the MVP because of all the dam yards he got. I thought clearly Aaron Rogers was the MVP. He put up huge numbers considering the team, like the Pats are riddiled with injuries but his numbers, unlike Petersons were win’s along with numbers.
    Hey if you ain’t helping your team win what does 2200 yards mean?
    Thus, yes Cam will be the MVP because Brady won’t have the stats due to no one to pass too.
    They won’t take into consideration if Bardy and the Pats keep winning how he was the MVP for the play and the difficulties he over came to win.

  42. We know the Patriots win the easy ones when they have an average team in front of them, and the offensive looks like a video game.

    But when the cold, wind and snow comes and the games are a grind within the division–later in the season and with injuries piling up–they always game plan and in-game manage better than their opponents. It’s always fun to watch Belichick and his staff out-coach the other guy in these less than artistic contests.

    They know some games will be ugly and don’t care, they just plan differently. Stats never matter–having more points at the end of the game does.

  43. Huge Pats fan here who knows two things 1. Brady can not continue to take a beating like he endured last night and 2. We can not win with the bodies we have left: can in no way see the Pats beat the Broncos, Texans, Jets and Dolphins. We can still win the East with four losses and possibly eek out a Conference title over either the Steelers or Bengals but that’s about it. Facing the Cards, Panthers, Packers or Giants lacking this many weapons is way too much to overcome.

  44. ^10-0 doesn’t matter without a SB victory. I thought 18-1 would have taught you all a lesson.^

    These injuries are going to show when it matters most…the playoffs. Brady knows it, which is why he is demanding better play from everyone around him NOW.

  45. cranespy says:
    Nov 24, 2015 12:51 PM
    Huge Pats fan here who knows two things 1. Brady can not continue to take a beating like he endured last night and 2. We can not win with the bodies we have left: can in no way see the Pats beat the Broncos, Texans, Jets and Dolphins. We can still win the East with four losses and possibly eek out a Conference title over either the Steelers or Bengals but that’s about it. Facing the Cards, Panthers, Packers or Giants lacking this many weapons is way too much to overcome.

    doesnt sound like it’s anything serious with DA, Edelman should be back for the play offs,o-line just getting guys back,,, next week will be tough but that would be the case if they had everyone healthy. Games like the last 2 are just what they needed really,They had to fight and sratch and find a way and they did. Unless you expected 16 easy games I dont see why all the doom and gloom,

  46. Time for Bob Kraft to swallow his pride and give Randy Moss a ring. I bet that guy can still lay limited minutes. A be just enough of a deep threat to open Gronk up in the middle. I’d sure make Brady a happy camper. Because they have great chemistry Moss’s return has always been about Kraft. Belichick is open to anything that helps him win. And he likea Moss.

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