Patriots rule out Chris Hogan against Broncos

Oct 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) talks with umpire Clay Martin (19) during the second half of a football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots have officially ruled out wide receiver Chris Hogan, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon and defensive tackle Malcom Brown for Sunday evening’s AFC showdown against the Denver Broncos, the team has formally announced. It is also worth noting that all three players were withheld from practice throughout the week.

Hogan suffered a shoulder injury during the late stages of the Patriots’ Week 8 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, but not before recording five catches for 60 yards. The former collegiate lacrosse player had one catch for eight yards as a result of the team’s season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs but went on to total five touchdowns between Week 2 and Week 5. Those five scores come equipped with 33 catches for 438 yards on the season for Hogan, who originally made his way to the heralded Patriots back in March 2016.

The 29-year-old wide receiver wound up having a breakout campaign, hauling in 38 passes for 680 yards and four touchdowns during the 2016-17 regular season. He also played a pivotal role in the postseason, notching 180 yards in a single game, a franchise record.

However, Hogan notably went undrafted in 2011 and spent time on the San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants practice squads. He then ultimately found a home in upstate New York with the Buffalo Bills, where he spent three seasons before landing with the Patriots.

The surging AFC East franchise currently sits atop the divisional standings alongside the Pittsburgh Steelers as both the teams now own stellar 6-2 regular-season records.

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