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Dont'a Hightower and Danny Amendola missed practice

Dont'a Hightower and Danny Amendola missed practice”

The Patriots were again missing three key veterans from today's practice, as Dont'a Hightower (sprained knee), Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) and Matthew Slater (hamstring) sat out for the second consecutive day.

Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, who had missed time due to a knee injury, returned to practice.

The New England Patriots had the unveiling of their sixth championship banner in Gillette Stadium spoiled by an embarrassing 42-27 defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1.

Credit Christopher Evans          Dont'a Hightower grabbed his knee after injuring it on Thursday
Credit Christopher Evans Dont'a Hightower grabbed his knee after injuring it on Thursday

ESPN reports it is believed Amendola suffered the concussion on a punt return he had fumbled late in the third quarter.

In less than two quarters against Kansas City, Amendola drew seven targets and logged six catches for 100 yards. The disclosure of his injury is a blow to the Patriots who now may be out their top slot receivers after Julian Edelman suffered a torn ACL on August 25.

However, Alper also noted that Hightower has had previous bouts with knee injuries during his career, so the Patriots would likely give the Alabama product's return to action this weekend more consideration than usual. Alas, Amendola came out of the contest banged up and, as a result, is looking iffy for Sunday's game against the Saints.



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