The New England Patriots will not have linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive back Brandon King on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Both Van Noy (calf) and King (hamstring) were listed as limited participants in practice all week, and were two of the 10 players on Friday that the Patriots had listed as questionable to play against the Steelers. Both players were officially ruled out on Saturday. They join defensive tackle Alan Branch, who was ruled out on Friday.
Van Noy is second on the Patriots in sacks with 5.5 on the season. He also did not play on Monday night against the Miami Dolphins because of the same issue. King contributes mostly on special teams.
The Patriots’ long list of players listed as questionable includes wide receiver Chris Hogan (shoulder), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (ankle) and the team leader in sacks Trey Flowers (rib).
That rib injury has kept Flowers out of the last two games, but his condition improved throughout the week, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
A slew of injuries on defense is the last thing the Patriots need as they get ready to take on the NFL leaders in rushing and receiving yards, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.