Julian Edelman will miss his second consecutive game Sunday when the Patriots host the Broncos at Gillette Stadium.
Edelman (hand) and safety Steve Gregory (hip) were listed as "out" on the Patriots injury report Friday.
Gregory's absence means a larger role for rookie Tavon Wilson who's been challenging for more playing time. In each of the past two weeks, both Gregory and Patrick Chung were at less than their best in pass defense. With a quarterback as experienced as Peyton Manning on the other side, Wilson could be a target on Sunday.
The Patriots also listed 12 players as questionable for Sunday. Among them is tight end Aaron Hernandez who hurt his ankle at the start of the Week 2 game against the Cardinals. Sources say Hernandez is unlikely to play even though he participated in practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday.
Others listed questionable include TE Rob Gronkowski (hip), LB Dont'a Hightower (hamstring), G Logan Mankins (calfhip), CB Sterling Moore (knee), RB Shane Vereen (hip) and RT Sebastian Vollmer (back).
Running back Brandon Bolden (knee), DE Brandon Deaderick, DT Justin Francis (ankle), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion) and OL Nick McDonald (shoulder) were also questionable.
DT Kyle Love is probable for Sunday.
FOXBORO - The Patriots got a desired outcome Thursday night when the Chiefs handed the Raiders their third loss of the season.
The 21-13 loss dropped Oakland and KC into a tie atop the AFC West at 10-3 but the Chiefs, by virtue of beating Oakland twice this season, have the divisional tiebreaker. Oakland went from the top seed in the AFC to the fifth spot.
More importantly around here, the Patriots now are in position to win out and claim the AFC’s No. 1 seed.
Prior to the Raiders loss, Oakland would have been the top seed if both they and the Patriots won out. Now, the 10-2 Patriots have a leg up on the rest of the conference. The Raiders’ road stays tough. They are at San Diego and Denver and host the Colts.
The Chiefs have a more favorable close to the season with home games against Tennessee and Denver before their season finale at San Diego.
The Patriots’ road over the final four is no picnic though, beginning with the Ravens and at Denver before the last two hosting the Jets and traveling to Miami.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, Kansas City's defense made life miserable for Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, and the Chiefs beat the Raiders 21-13 on a frigid Thursday night to take control of the AFC West.
Charcandrick West also had a touchdown run for the Chiefs (10-3). They moved into a first-place tie with Oakland (10-3) but holds the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime divisional rival.
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