Michael Floyd made the trip to Denver with his Patriots teammates, but he will not be in uniform to take on the Broncos.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the newly-acquired wideout will not be active for Sunday's game. Patriots receiver Danny Amendola has already been ruled out due to an ankle injury, meaning the team will have just three heatlhy receivers available to them for the second consecutive game: Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell.
In order to supplement their numbers at that position, special teams captain Matthew Slater can take snaps there. Running backs James White and Dion Lewis also have the ability to line up wide or in the slot to provide Tom Brady with more receiving options.
When asked if Floyd would dress this weekend, Patriots coach Bill Belichick would not commit one way or the other, but he did say that it would be valuable for Floyd to make the trip with the team even if he did not play.
"Absolutely. Yeah. No question," Belichick said Friday. "It gives us time to catch him up on assignments and procedures and things that relate to the team. For him to see the operation pregame, during the game, whether he's active or not active, just takes some of the surprise element out of the next time it happens.
"I'm sure there'll be some things, if any of us went to any new team, [that] would be different from whatever team we're used to being with. Sometimes those things are an adjustment, sometimes they're not. But it's good just to get into that routine with the new team that you're on. There's always a little bit of hesitation until you know exactly. You know, the first day of work there's always a little, 'How does this go? How does that go?' Once you get comfortable it's just different so it takes time. This will be part of it."
It comes as no surprise that Floyd would not be available to the Patriots after having just one practice under his belt before the game. He may be able to dissect the Patriots offense more quickly than others given his experience in Charlie Weis' offense at Notre Dame, but expecting the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder to be ready to go against one of the league's top pass defenses after just two full days in the organization would have been a lot to ask.