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Gregory, Edelman out against Broncos

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Gregory, Edelman out against Broncos

Julian Edelman will miss his second consecutive game Sunday when the Patriots host the Broncos at Gillette Stadium.

Edelman (hand) and safety Steve Gregory (hip) were listed as "out" on the Patriots injury report Friday.

Gregory's absence means a larger role for rookie Tavon Wilson who's been challenging for more playing time. In each of the past two weeks, both Gregory and Patrick Chung were at less than their best in pass defense. With a quarterback as experienced as Peyton Manning on the other side, Wilson could be a target on Sunday.

The Patriots also listed 12 players as questionable for Sunday. Among them is tight end Aaron Hernandez who hurt his ankle at the start of the Week 2 game against the Cardinals. Sources say Hernandez is unlikely to play even though he participated in practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday.

Others listed questionable include TE Rob Gronkowski (hip), LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring), G Logan Mankins (calfhip), CB Sterling Moore (knee), RB Shane Vereen (hip) and RT Sebastian Vollmer (back).

Running back Brandon Bolden (knee), DE Brandon Deaderick, DT Justin Francis (ankle), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) and OL Nick McDonald (shoulder) were also questionable.

DT Kyle Love is probable for Sunday.

Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

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Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The full Patriots and Falcons injury report:

Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

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Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

FOXBORO — You’d have to go back to 2008 to find the last “you’ve got to be kidding me” injury to open a Boston season before Gordon Hayward. 

That injury, of course, was the torn ACL suffered by Brady on a hit to the left leg from Bernard Pollard with 7:27 left in the first quarter of Week 1. Brady missed the rest of the season and the Pats went on to miss the playoffs despite going 11-5 under Matt Cassel. 

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Brady, who reached out to Aaron Rodgers last Sunday after the Packers quarterback was lost for the season, said he felt for Hayward after the Celtics’ key free agent acquisition suffered a fracture-dislocation of his left ankle 5:15 into the season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday.

“It’s just a big reality check for all of us because we all think we’re invincible to some degree, and then you go and you have this really tough injury that just happens,” Brady said. “It is tough and everyone probably goes through something a little different or it hits them at different times, and I feel bad for [Hayward and Rodgers], but I’m sure they’ll both come back stronger and better than ever. 

“That’s what you have to do as an athlete. You’re always faced with adversities and you’ve got to overcome them. Mental toughness is a big part of that. I know both those players have a lot of that.”