Patriots rule out Danny Amendola, Jamie Collins, Michael Williams


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have officially ruled out linebacker Jamie Collins, wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Michael Williams for Sunday night's game against the Denver Broncos.

Collins, who returned to practice Friday for the first time since Nov. 6, will miss his fourth straight game with an undisclosed illness. He had been listed as doubtful on the team's injury report.

Both Amendola and Williams were questionable with knee injuries. Amendola injured his left knee in the third quarter of Monday's win over the Bills, while Williams -- the team's No. 2 tight end and a steady blocking presence -- also appeared to injure his knee in that game as he was limited to 23 snaps.

Williams' injury likely sparked the team's decision to promote tight end Asante Cleveland from the practice squad today.

With Collins, Amendola and Williams joining receiver Julian Edelman (foot) and cornerback Justin Coleman (hand) as those already ruled out, the Patriots have just two more players to declare inactive for Sunday's game.