NEW ORLEANS -- Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain injured his left shoulder late in the first half and went to the locker room for further examination.
New England declared his return questionable.
Banta-Cain's left shoulder was worked on by trainers on the sideline after he was initially shaken up with two minutes remaining in the half, but he soon departed.
Banta-Cain has battled a groin injury, which limited him in practice this week. He had been declared questionable for Monday's game.
(Update: Banta-Cain returned to the field late in the third quarter).