Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Talib, Amendola, Kelly not at practice
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Wednesday marked the New England Patriots' first practice without star linebacker Jerod Mayo, who was officially placed on injured reserve earlier this morning, but he was not the only notable absence at the start of practice. Cornerback Aqib Talib, wide receiver Danny Amendola, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, starting right guard Dan Connolly and veteran running back Leon Washington were also not spotted.
Talib (hip) was forced out of Sunday's game in the second half, as was Amendola (head) after taking a big hit on the sideline at the conclusion of an end-around play. No further word on either injury is known at this time.
Connolly (head) left early in Sunday's game, replaced by versatile lineman Marcus Cannon. Connolly is the second interior lineman to deal with a head injury in recent weeks, as starting center Ryan Wendell was limited last week during practice due to a concussion.
Kelly missed Week 6 due to a knee injury, and earlier Wednesday the Patriots re-signed defensive tackle Andre Neblett, which may be insurance in case Kelly is unable to play Sunday versus the Jets.
Washington was also inactive in Week 6 after injuring his ankle during the opening kickoff of the team's Week 5 game in Cincinnati. A top kickoff return option for the team, Washington has played in just two games this season.
The practice was conducted in helmets and shells shoulder pads.