The Patriots' offensive woes continue as wide receiver Danny Amendola has been ruled out of tonight's game against the Broncos and their NFL-leading defense, according to multiple reports Saturday.
Amendola injured his knee during Monday's game against the Bills and practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday after not practicing Wednesday. He had been listed on Friday's injury report as questionable but did not travel with the team to Denver, according to reports.
The Patriots are left with three available receivers: Brandon LaFell, Keshawn Martin and Chris Harper. Martin has missed the past five games with a hamstring injury and is questionable. Harper is an undrafted rookie who has yet to record an NFL catch.
Amendola is the latest of Tom Brady's passing game options to go down. No. 1 wideout Julian Edelman broke a bone in his foot during a Week 10 win over the Giants. Pass-catching running back Dion Lewis tore his ACL during a Week 9 win over Washington. Left tackle Nate Solder tore his biceps during a Week 5 win over the Cowboys.
Vikings: Starting safety Harrison Smith was downgraded from questionable to out for today's game against the Falcons because of a knee injury. Rookie cornerback Trae Waynes (ankle) also was ruled out. A win in Atlanta puts Minnesota atop the NFC North by one game over the Packers.