Patriots will be without Danny Amendola and Dont'a Hightower vs Saints
Mark J Rebilas / USA Today Sports
The Patriots announced in Friday's injury report that both wide receiver Danny Amendola and linebacker Dont'a Hightower will not play in this Sunday's game against New Orleans. The twin injuries have dealt a massive blow to both sides of the team as they try to rebound from an opening night upset.
Hightower is listed with a knee ailment on the report, which fits with the injury he suffered during last Thursday night's game. After he left in the third quarter, the Chiefs poured on 21 unanswered points en route to their 42-27 win. While early indications out of Foxborough seemed to point to him playing in Week 2, that won't be the case anymore.
In contrast, Amendola was expected not to play soon after coming down with both a knee problem and a concussion against KC. Like Hightower, he was one of the team's most influential contributors: before exiting, he posted 6 receptions for an even 100 yards and multiple first-down conversions. Unlike his defensive counterpart, however, he'll probably be out beyond this week: he's had injury issues with that knee before, and his concussion symptoms are nothing to ignore, either.
Replacing either Hightower or Amendola, much less both, will be difficult for this game and beyond. Hopefully for the team's sake, Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels, and Matt Patricia are up to the task.