FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the themes from Sunday's thrilling win for the Patriots was physicality, as a pair of hard-hitting defense brought their best for 60 minutes.
Physical plays can take their toll on a team, and the Patriots had several players leave the game due to injury. Below is a recap of the primary injuries of note, as well as what we know about them.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola
Body part: Head
Quick-hit: Amendola left the game in the second half after a crunching hit on an end-around by Saints cornerback Jabari Greer and safety Rafael Bush. Amendola went straight to the ground and looked woozy upon getting up. He was ruled out of the game due to a head injury. He was not available in the locker room after the game.
Cornerback Aqib Talib
Body part: Hip
Quick-hit: Talib left the game temporarily before returning and subsequently leaving again, as he was eventually forced out due to a hip issue. Talib dealt with a hip issue last season as well. He too was not in the locker room after the game.
Linebacker Jerod Mayo
Body part: Shoulder
Quick-hit: Mayo left the game after a collision that also involved his own teammate, Steve Gregory, and though the team listed him as questionable to return, he never made it back on the field. According to Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sportsnet New England, Mayo was sporting a sling following the game. Mayo has missed just five games in five-plus seasons.
Guard Dan Connolly
Body part: Head
Quick-hit: Connolly was the first Patriot to leave the game, as he departed in the first half with a head injury. Versatile lineman Marcus Cannon stepped up in his place. No word on the severity of Connolly's injury.
Top replacement: Marcus Cannon
Wide receiver Julian Edelman
Body part: Unknown
Quick-hit: At the end of the game, Edelman was shaken up after a big hit on the team's final drive. He met with reporters after the game, indicating that the injury may not have been that serious.