The New England Patriots will look to build a comfortable 3-game lead in the AFC East with a road victory against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The 6-1 Patriots might have to do so without Pro Bowl tight end Martellus Bennett, however.
Martellus Bennett walked past us toward the locker room before practice. Every other Pats player was present on the field, incl. Dion Lewis
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) October 28, 2016
Bennett has been dealing with a sore ankle since the opening drive of the Patriots’ Week 5, 33-13 victory against the Cleveland Browns. Bennett was able to famously channel Luke Cage and return to the field to catch 3 touchdowns against the Browns.
He has been limited in practice since.
Bennett was later seen in the locker room
Bennett at his locker. Walks out with white plastic brace on his right ankle.
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) October 28, 2016
Bennett did play in both the Patriots’ Week 6 and Week 7 victories against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Bennett was largely ineffective in the passing game at Heinz Field, finishing with just 1 catch for 5 yards on 2 targets.
Even more notable, the Patriots are down to just two tight ends on their 53-man roster, Bennett and Rob Gronkowski, after New England traded tight end A.J. Darby to the Denver Broncos on Tuesday afternoon.