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Week 2 Patriots at Saints: Wednesday injury report; Danny Amendola, Dont'a Hightower among four absent

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Two of New England's star players were no-shows today.

Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

With their week two game at the New Orleans Saints only four days away, the New England Patriots returned to the practice fields earlier today. Coming off a 42-27 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, the main questions entering this week of practice were not all related to performance, though, but also to health. After all, two core players left the game with injuries.

Let’s take a look how they started their week (via

Did not participate

WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)

LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)

WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

DT Vincent Valentine (knee)

Danny Amendola, who is not only dealing with a concussion but a knee issue as well, and Dont'a Hightower are the above-mentioned players who were unable to finish opening night because of injury. And even though the game took place almost a week ago, the duo has still not been cleared to return to the field because of its respective ailments.

A lot can change over the next few days. Still, Amendola and/or Hightower not suiting up against the Saints would definitely be a blow to the team given their respective roles: Amendola was the Patriots' leading receiver last week while Hightower is one of the team's top defenders and one of the unit's captains.

Fellow team-captain Matthew Slater and second-year defensive tackle Vincent Valentine were both inactive for Thursday's game against the Chiefs. Them being a no-show again today is certainly not ideal – although it also means that the team is apparently trying to play it as safe as possible.

Limited participation

DT Adam Butler (knee)

OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)

SS Nate Ebner (shoulder)

OT Cameron Fleming (ankle)

FS Devin McCourty (groin)

Adam Butler, Nate Ebner and Cameron Fleming were all listed on last week's final injury report as well. And while Fleming and Ebner ultimately were declared inactive, Butler suited up and delivered a solid performance. Him being limited today should therefore not be seen as any indication about his availability for Sunday's game. The same has to be said about Cannon and McCourty, who both played 100% of snaps last week.

On the bright side, rookie defensive edge Harvey Langi has been removed from the injury report after being listed for a concussion all of last week. Langi ultimately missed Thursday's game but appears to be a candidate to suit up against New Orleans in case Hightower is either limited or out.