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Patriots Lose Amendola, Mayo And Talib To Injury

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Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images.
Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images.

While the New England Patriots managed to win against the New Orleans Saints on a late touchdown pass with five seconds remaining in the game, they suffered injuries to three key players. WR Danny Amendola, LB Jerod Mayo and CB Aqib Talib were all forced from the game after suffering injuries, and their status for next week is in question.

Amendola suffered a concussion in the third quarter of the game when he was hit in the head by Saints S Rafael Bush. It was immediately apparent that he lost consciousness on the play, and it has the looks of a major head injury.

Mayo injured his shoulder after hitting Saints RB Darren Sproles in the fourth quarter, and he was seen leaving the stadium wearing a sling on his arm.

Talib has a hip flexor injury, and he missed some time after a torn tendon in his hip last year. He was largely responsible for shutting down TE Jimmy Graham, who was held without a catch in the contest, and his loss is huge for their defense.

“Yeah, I mean, right, there're two good football players right there,” Belichick said. “Aqib really competed hard and in the end, I don't think either one of them were on the field. Both guys ended up being out but it was a great battle and a great matchup. I thought Talib battled him, went toe-to-toe with him the whole way. It was a good matchup.”

“If guys go down, you might not get any reps during the week on it, but guys came in and played well when Aqib went down, and then late in the game when [Jerod] Mayo [went down], guys came in and stepped up,” CB Devin McCourty said.