- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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CINCINNATI -- The New England Patriots downgraded safety Tavon Wilson (hamstring) to out on their injury report, meaning they will be without one of their core special-teams players for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Wilson plays on the "Big 4" units -- kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt coverage and punt return.
Wilson's absence likely prompted the promotion of linebacker Ja'Gared Davis from the practice squad Saturday. Davis could fill part of Wilson's role on special teams.
The Patriots also confirmed that tight end Rob Gronkowski has been downgraded to out.
Gronkowski and Wilson were the only players downgraded to out.