FOXBOROUGH — The bye week wasn’t quite enough time for three Patriots, including wide receiver Chris Hogan, to rehab injuries.
Hogan, who hurt his right shoulder during the team’s Week 8 game against the Chargers, was ruled out of Sunday night’s contest in Denver along with defensive tackle Malcom Brown and right tackle Marcus Cannon, both dealing with ankle injuries.
It seemed unlikely any member of that trio would play because they were unable to practice coming out of the bye week. All three missed all of the Patriots’ practices this week, and Brown hasn’t played since the Falcons game on Oct. 22.
Without Hogan, Tom Brady will have to rely largely on Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks and the team’s stable of running backs. Hogan had been the Patriots best wide receiver in the red zone, an area New England needs to improve in.
Backup tackle LaAdrian Waddle will face the tough task of containing Von Miller and Denver’s defense without Cannon, and the Patriots’ run defense will have to continue without Brown.
The Patriots also listed five players as questionable, including new tight end Martellus Bennett (shoulder).
In addition to Bennett, wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle), defensive end Cassius Marsh (shoulder) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) were limited in practice and are questionable. Gilmore and Rowe were among those dressed and toting suitcases to the team plane in photos posted on the Patriots social media accounts on Friday.
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