The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Broncos game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder)
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
DE Cassius Marsh (shoulder)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
ILD Todd Davis (ankle)
WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle)
T Donald Stephenson (calf)
FOXBORO -- The Patriots took the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium on Wednesday without three starters.
Marcus Cannon, Chris Hogan and Malcom Brown were all missing from the start of the workout, which was the team's second of the week. Cannon has an ankle injury, which he aggravated against the Chargers in Week 8. Hogan is dealing with a shoulder issue that occurred at the end of the win over the Chargers two weeks ago. Brown has an ankle ailment, and he has not practiced since suffering the injury in the second half against the Falcons in Week 7.
How would the Patriots fill in if they were to be without any of those three for this weekend's game in Denver?
* LaAdrian Waddle would likely be the choice to play right tackle should Cannon miss time. He subbed in for Cannon against the Chargers and performed admirably, according to offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. Waddle and Cameron Fleming are the team's two swing tackles, but Waddle has earned the nod over Fleming most recently.
* If Hogan can't play, that could mean more work for Phillip Dorsett. The former Colts wideout has drawn solid reviews from both Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels this week, and because the Patriots lean so heavily on their 11-personnel packages that could mean Dorsett finds himself heavily involved as the team's No. 3 receiver.
* Brown missed the win over Los Angeles, leaving more work on the interior of the defensive line for Lawrence Guy and Alan Branch. The Patriots recently signed Ricky Jean-Francois to their active roster, and he could provide some interior presence for Belichick and Matt Patricia moving forward.
FOXBORO -- The bye week is coming at a good time for the Patriots, it seems. They took the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium for their lone practice of the week on Wednesday, and they were without a handful key players dealing with injuries.
Chris Hogan, who left Sunday's win over the Chargers with a shoulder issue, was not present. Marcus Cannon and Malcom Brown were also missing. Cannon left the Chargers game with an ankle issue, and Brown suffered an ankle injury against the Falcons in Week 7.
Stephen Gostkowski was also missing from the start of the practice. That's not unusual, although when he's absent, usually he's joined elsewhere by punter Ryan Allen and snapper Joe Cardona. Both Allen and Cardona were present Wednesday.
New backup quarterback Brian Hoyer was on the field, wearing No. 2, for his first practice with the Patriots since training camp in 2012.
Eric Rowe, who aggravated a groin injury in Week 4 and has not practiced since, was back on the field. He has been doing light running as part of his rehabilitation lately so setting foot on the practice field is another step in the right direction for him.
Stephon Gilmore, who did not play last weekend and was listed with a concussion and an ankle injury last week, was on the field and taking part in a tackling drill (form-tackling a tackling dummy) early in the practice.
The session was a shorts-and-shells workout.