Earlier today, the Patriots called up TE Asante Cleveland to the active roster with Michael Williams battling injuries. At receiver, Danny Amendola's status is in the air on whether he'll travel to Denver to play against the Broncos. Even though Jamie Collins returned to practice on Friday, the Patriots are listing him as doubtful against the Broncos. After dealing with a virus for two weeks, the team doesn't want to risk his health and rush him back.
Even though the Patriots will be short-handed a bit at linebacker for the game, the ultimate goal is a healthy team going into the playoffs and getting the #1 seed in the AFC to assure a first round bye and not having to travel. Going undefeated in the regular season is secondary to that goal. Here is the Patriots injury report for the game against Denver.
Initially Danny Amendola was reported to be out for the game against Denver and will not travel with the team, but then Jeff Howe says, "Not so fast" with this (cue gasping audience track and dramatic theme music) tweet:
Danny Amendola has NOT been ruled out for Sunday yet, per sources. His knee will be tested tomorrow before Pats decide who travels.
So it looks like the Patriots will wait until Saturday in order to make the final decision on whether to have him travel with the team. If he is not able to go, the Patriots will have Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper as the only two healthy WR on the roster since Keshawn Martin is likely a game time decision, as was the last couple weeks. With the WR corps decimated, Martin may be given the green light to play.
Jamie Collins and Michael Williams:
Both have been declared OUT by the team.
The fate of Keshawn Martin, who has missed the last five games with a hamstring injury, has not been decided yet. Given the Patriots' shortages at the wide receiver position, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him make a comeback.