The New England Patriots will be playing the AFC Championship game in front of their home fans on Sunday, but they will be doing so with a hobbled lineup as they attempt to become the first NFL team to play in nine Super Bowls.
The injuries to Hogan and Bennett are of considerable concern, as those two plan on being significant factors in the Patriots passing game against a weak Steelers secondary. Without them, and New England’s options to spread the field are severely limited. Both players went down in injuries in last week’s Divisional round win over the Houston Texans.
Also of note is the shoulder injury to Dont’a Hightower, who has been one of the most durable players on the Patriots defense this season.
Still, New England does not have any players listed as out or doubtful, meaning that there is a good chance all of the players listed above will play.
As for the visiting Steelers, there injury report wasn’t quite as long: