Patriots’ Amendola, Hightower, Chung sidelined by injuries

Danny Amendola hurt his knee on a 22-yard punt return.
Danny Amendola hurt his knee on a 22-yard punt return.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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.

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.


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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