The New England Patriots will be a bit shorthanded when they play the Buffalo Bills this week. On Saturday, the team downgraded defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton from questionable to out. He’ll miss his second consecutive game with a shoulder injury.
Hamilton had been listed as questionable all week but the team was not optimistic about his chances. He injured his right shoulder in the Patriots win over the Cincinnati Bengals a few weeks ago and has not played since. There was a tiny bit of hope early in the week that he would be able to go, but without any full practice sessions it comes as no surprise that he did not make the trip to Buffalo.
The Patriots signed Hamilton as an undrafted free agent this year out of Mississippi and he was released during final roster cuts. He joined their practice squad just one day after being released and remained there until his promotion on October 8.
Before the injury, Hamilton was filling in nicely for the injury ridden defensive line. He played in two games thus far, making one start.
Aside from Hamilton, the Patriots are relatively healthy this week and got some good news on Saturday.
Traveling with the team to Buffalo was tight end Martellus Bennett, cornerback Jonathan Jones and defensive lineman Vincent Valentine.
Valentine, a regular in the defensive line rotation, is expected to make his return from injury this week. Bennett and Jones were both listed as questionable all week, so them making the trip is certainly a positive sign.