The injury bug hit the Patriots last night

Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon left last night's game with a toe injury and did not return
The Patriots left Indianapolis victorious last night, but it may have come at a price.

Marcus Cannon, Jabaal Sheard and Matthew Slater all left the game with injuries and none of them returned. Cannon left with a bum toe, Sheard left with an ankle and Slater appeared to injure his knee and needed to be carted to the locker room after the game.

All are big losses, but Cannon's might be the most significant due in large part to a thin offensive line. Nate Solder was placed on injured reserve last week and Bryan Stork and Ryan Wendell are still sidelined with injuries. Cameron Flemming, who had just been promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Saturday, replaced Cannon.

Sheard's injury did not appear to be serious, and some believe that Slater being carted to the locker room after the game was just a precaution, but it's absolutely something to keep an eye on. Slater is the captain of the special teams unit and is excellent in coverage.

He's also seen as one of the leaders of the team, so losing him for an extended period of time could be a huge blow on and off the field.

The Pats are going to go up against the New York Jets this Sunday in a huge divisional battle, so New England is going to need as many healthy and able bodies as possible.

UPDATE: The second after I published this piece, I came across this on Twitter. Good news!

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