Starting RG Connolly injures ankle

DETROIT -- Starting right guard Dan Connolly left tonight's game on the team's second offensive drive with an injured ankle. Connolly's return is questionable, the team announced.

Third-year player Rich Ohrnberger came into the game at right guard in place of Connolly. Members of the Patriots medical staff were working on Connolly's lower right leg on the sideline.

The Patriots are thin along the interior offensive line as another top backup, Ryan Wendell, has been out for most of the preseason with a calf injury.