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This is obviously not a huge deal for the New England Patriots, but with more and more injuries popping up on the offensive end it's notable in the sense that the list is expanding. The offense that the Pats will be alternating with is no slouch in the Indianapolis Colts with the ever-improving rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. The Pats will need to put up a lot of points if they want to win. Just take a look at this injury report, courtesy of Boston.com:

Did not participate
G Dan Connolly - back
G Logan Mankins - ankle/calf
WR Wes Welker - ankle

Limited participation
DT Ron Brace - elbow
* WR Deion Branch - hamstring
S Patrick Chung - shoulder/hamstring
S Steve Gregory - hip
TE Rob Gronkowski - hip
TE Aaron Hernandez - ankle
LB Dont'a Hightower - hamstring
WR Brandon Lloyd - knee
OL Nick McDonald - shoulder
DE Trevor Scott - hamstring
LB Brandon Spikes - knee
OT Sebastian Vollmer - back/knee
CB Malcolm Williams - thigh

Full participation
WR Julian Edelman - hand
DT Kyle Love - knee
LB Jerod Mayo - elbow

Now of course we can't take any of this as actual concern right now considering coach Bill Belichick's previous record of not taking the injury report seriously and sometimes adding players seemingly just for the fun of it. But if the Patriots have a dinged up Connolly, Mankins, Welker, Branch, Gronkowski, Hernandez and Lloyd, Tom Brady is going to have a tough time finding go-to receivers on Sunday. But this, of course, is the Patriots offense, which is never actually a concern. We'll see what happens Sunday afternoon.

James Bucklin 11/16/2012 12:17:00 PM Edit
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