Notes: Welker out; Wright, Spikes, Fletcher back

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Notes: Welker out; Wright, Spikes, Fletcher back

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Thirteen Patriots players were missing from the beginning ofTuesdays practice at Gillette Stadium, while three previously missing playersreturned to the field.

The three returneesto the fully-padded practice were linebackers Brandon Spikes and DaneFletcher, and defensive lineman Mike Wright.

Wes Welker, Taylor Price, Stevan Ridley, Leigh Bodden, KevinFaulk, Eric Kettani, Jeff Tarpinian, Marcus Cannon, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly,Brandon Deaderick, Jermaine Cunningham, and Ron Brace were not practicing onTuesday.

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Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

The Patriots lost another offensive weapon when, days after Rob Gronkowski underwent season-ending back surgery, Danny Amendola hobbled off the field with a foot injury in New England's 26-10 win over the Rams on Sunday.

On Monday morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the extent of the injury:

Amendola's absence creates an immediate issue on special teams, but also thins the wide-receiver corps as the team heads down the final stretch and attempts to secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

SEATTLE - Behind Thomas Rawls bouncing off and through tacklers and a big-play punch from Tyler Lockett, the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered their offensive star power on Sunday night.

It came at a significant cost to their defense.

Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seahawks routed the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on Sunday night.

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