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Patriots’ Amendola, Hightower, Chung sidelined by injuries

Danny Amendola hurt his knee on a 22-yard punt return.
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Danny Amendola hurt his knee on a 22-yard punt return.

Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and linebacker Dont’a Hightower both left Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans with knee injuries, and safety Patrick Chung suffered a hip injury in the fourth quarter.

All three did not return to the Patriots’ 33-16 victory over the Titans.

Amendola tweaked his knee during a 22-yard punt return with less than 2 minutes left in the first half. Hightower left the game in the third quarter and made his way to the locker room.

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It is the second time in five games Amendola has left a game with a knee injury. He left New England’s Monday night game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 11. Amendola, who was downgraded to out, had 1 catch for 3 yards.

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Hightower missed games against Philadelphia and Houston with a sprained MCL. Sunday was his first game back since getting hurt in New England’s Week 12 loss at Denver. He had one tackle assist and a pass defended.

Chung was injured on a collision with Delanie Walker, who then went 57 yards for a touchdown. Chung had five tackles.

Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota was ruled out after injuring his knee in the second quarter. Mariota was 3-of-6 passing for 36 yards and was sacked three times, including a strip-sack that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Akiem Hicks.

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