By: Timothy Flaherty
While there are plenty of positives to take away from the Patriots 23-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons, it is hard not to worry about the injuries that continue to ail the team.
As the Patriots headed into practice earlier today, it was clear that they were again missing some key players:
Danny Amendola: was not seen at practice, which served as a shock to all as he did not leave Sunday's game with an apparent injury. The details of the injury remain unclear.
Dont'a Hightower: the linebacker left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury and will not be playing this Sunday. The co-captain plays a key role on defense, and his absence will be felt as he will be left on the sideline this Sunday.
Eric Rowe: after sustaining a groin injury in week four, the defensive back remains absent from the team.
Malcom Brown: the defensive tackle left Sunday's game with an apparent ankle injury, and did not appear at today's practice.
Now for some good news on the injury front:
Stephon Gilmore: the cornerback retuned to practice today after missing the past two weeks with a concussion and ankle injury. Despite his rather underwhelming and inconsistent play thus far in his short time playing in a Patriots uniform, his return ensures depth in the secondary. Considering he is currently signed to a $65 Million dollar deal, it is important that he is back on the active roster as soon as possible.
The banged up Patriots face the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday at home, hoping to extend their win streak to four and further their lead in the AFC East.
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