FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Thankfully for New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan, the dentist was on hand Friday at practice.
"Because I hate going to the dentist," he joked.
As Michele Tafoya and Al Michaels relayed on NBC's broadcast of the Patriots-Falcons game on Sunday night, Hogan was involved in a big collision in practice with rookie tight end Jacob Hollister and lost his two front teeth. That required an emergency meeting with the dentist.
"He was here, so it was nice. He kind of glued them in and then came back the next day and did a little [work]," Hogan said.
For now, Hogan still has two temporary front teeth. He plans to have more dental work done after the game Sunday against the Chargers, getting two permanent teeth while also smiling by saying that he might whiten all his teeth in the process.
What was clear Friday was that Hogan has a good sense of humor about it, joking that he went home to his wife, Ashley, and told her that she should see what Hollister looks like.
As for how the collision happened, he said, "It was on offense, just kind of a weird play -- a post -- I saw the ball, cut it, and bang! He was on the other side and we were coming [together] and it was just a bang-bang play."