Patriots-Jets injury report: Amendola out, Brady questionable

Patriots-Jets injury report: Amendola out, Brady questionable

Wide receiver Danny Amendola is officially listed as out on the Patriots’ Friday injury report for their Christmas Eve afternoon home matchup with the Jets.

Amendola has been out since injuring his ankle on a punt return against the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 4.

Quarterback Tom Brady (thigh), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee) and tight end Martellus Bennett are among five Patriots listed as questionable. Brady was not listed on the injury report last week for the game against the Denver Broncos but had been listed in previous weeks with ankle and knee injuries. He is expected to play.

Jets quarterback Bryce Petty, who left the loss against the Miami Dolphins last week with a back injury after being sandwiched on a hit by the Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake, is not listed on the injury report and is expected to start. 

The complete injury report:

PATRIOTS - WR Danny Amendola (ankle) out. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), QB Tom Brady (thigh), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee), S Jordan Richards (knee), Matthew Slater (foot) questionable

JETS - LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring) out. RB Matt Forte (knee/shoulder) doubtful. WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder/back), RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) questionable 

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.