The New England Patriots are 10-0. But the road ahead is about to get even more difficult.
The team had already been weathering the storm without breakout running back Dion Lewis (lost to a torn ACL), lineman Nate Solder (torn biceps) and Julian Edelman (broken bone in foot). But as New England enters the final stretch of its run for a undefeated regular season, they could be without Danny Amendola, who'd been filling in for Edelman.
Amendola was taken out of Monday night's matchup with a knee injury, making that four starters missing from the lineup. Belichick wouldn't elaborate further on Amendola's status moving forward.
The injury leaves New England with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler and Brandon LaFell as the only -- to this point -- legitimate passing options for Tom Brady for much of the season's home stretch, assuming Amendola will miss a chunk of those games.
The injury came after Amendola caught a Brady pass in the third quarter that was inexplicably blown dead by an inadvertant whistle -- the latest in a season-long stretch of questionable officiating from NFL refs.
The Patriots will face their toughest test of the season this coming Sunday night against the Denver Broncos -- but Peyton Manning won't have anything to do with it. Brock Osweiler will get the nod for Gary Kubiak after winning his NFL debut in Week 11.
"We've lost a lot of guys and we've lost quite a few guys over the last three weeks," Brady said, according to USA Today. "So I think we'll just keep fighting and figuring out a way to win, and it's good to win against a good defense.
"Any way you can get these wins, I think it's a positive. I think just whoever is in there, we've got to have confidence in what they're doing."
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