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New England has released its second injury report of the week. Let’s take a look.

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The New England Patriots are only three days away from their game against the New Orleans Saints. Today, the team released its second injury report of the week and it gives further indication about the overall health of the roster and who may or may not make the trip to Louisiana.

Let’s take a look at it (via patriots.com):

Did not participate

WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)

LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)

WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

New England had four players out yesterday and the number decreased to three today. However, all three are core members of the team and it appears increasingly likely that the Patriots will have to face the Saints without them. While Matthew Slater certainly is a tough player to replace due to his leadership and experience, New England looked good on special teams despite the veteran being out in week one.

Replacing Danny Amendola and Dont’a Hightower, on the other hand, is not that easy: Both have played important roles against the Kansas City Chiefs – roles that now potentially have to be redistributed.

Limited participation

DT Adam Butler (knee)

OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)

SS Nate Ebner (shoulder)

OT Cameron Fleming (ankle)

FS Devin McCourty (groin)

DT Vincent Valentine (knee)

The lone change to the injury report came on the limited participation list. Defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, who has been dealing with a knee injury since the start of the regular season, was present for his first practice of the last two weeks. It would still not be a surprise to see the second-year man ultimately be declared inactive but his presence on the practice fields certainly is encouraging.

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As Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen got behind the wheel Friday night, two others took a backseat.

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If Friday night at Ford Field was indeed a dress rehearsal, the New England Patriots’ third tight end still stands offstage.

Perhaps that’s where James O’Shaughnessy and Jacob Hollister will stay as the 90-man roster is trimmed to 53 on Sept. 2. Perhaps thinking the Patriots would reserve active spots behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen was more expectation than reality, given the tackle-eligible blockers, the versatile usage of the fullback, and the array of skill-position players worthy of handling the football.

There’s only room for so many behind the curtain. At tight end, there may just be two.

Over the first couple weeks of preseason action, Gronkowski and Allen entered into a game apiece, combined to play 31 snaps, and saw zero passes sent their respective directions. That was about what you’d expect from the team’s top duo, if not more. They blocked and seldom ran. But there was no shortage of run for neither four-time All-Pro nor the ex-Indianapolis Colt as the 7 p.m. ET kickoff got underway against the Detroit Lions.

Gronkowski drew the start, Allen was in alongside him by the second snap, and there they mostly remained up until the 8:56 mark in the third quarter when wholesale substitutions were made.

By then, Gronkowski had even reeled in his first preseason catch in five years. It arrived courtesy of Tom Brady.

That comes with the territory of the third exhibition. It is considered as the regular season’s dry run for a reason. Maybe it’s overanalyzed, maybe it’s not. The fact that James Develin split wide well before O’Shaughnessy or Hollister did, however, leaves cause to question just how large the latter loom in the Patriots’ plans moving forward.

O’Shaughnessy, who broke into the league as a Kansas City Chiefs fifth-round pick back in 2015, was sent to the Patriots along with a sixth-round pick this spring for a fifth-rounder. Around which time the organization signed Hollister as an undrafted rookie out of Wyoming.

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The Packers know they haven’t had the same success as the New England Patriots and they need homefield advantage.

GREEN BAY, WI – NOVEMBER 30: Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots shake hands following the NFL game at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

There are just six teams in the NFL that have active postseason streaks extending two or more seasons.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans have made the playoffs the past two seasons and neither have made it past the divisional round. The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached the playoffs the past three seasons, moving one additional round each season before elimination (wild card in 2014, divisional in 2015, conference championship in 2016). The Seattle Seahawks have made five consecutive postseasons, reaching two Super Bowls with one victory and three divisional round exits.

The New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers are tied for the active lead with eight consecutive postseason appearances, but they’ve gone in vastly different directions. The longest postseason streaks in history are nine consecutive years by the 1975-83 Dallas Cowboys and the 2002-10 Indianapolis Colts.

Green Bay won the Super Bowl in 2010 and lost two additional conference title games in 2014 and 2016 to go with two wild card round exits and three divisional round losses. After losing in the wild card round in 2009 and in the divisional round in 2010, the Patriots have reached six straight conference title games with three Super Bowl appearances.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows the Patriots’ success looms large over the collective head of the Packers according to his interview with Monday Morning Quarterback.

“Of course you hear about it,” Rodgers said. “I get asked about it, I got asked about it last week—this idea that the Packers embrace mediocrity. I think what we’ve done the last eight years`making the playoffs, there’s only a couple other teams that have ever done that. New England, actually, currently is on the same streak as us, making the playoff for eight straight years. That’s tough to do, especially with the parity of this league and how they pair up division champions each year to play each other in the same conference. We’ve sustained success, we just haven’t sustained it on the top level. We haven’t won more than one Super Bowl. We’ve also been to three NFC championship games and none of them home. So that’s how we look at it. We’ve got to get one of those at home, because we are tough to beat at home.

“I don’t feel like our window is closing here. I feel like this window is going to be open for a while. And in order for some of that stuff to go away, the outside noise, we’re going to have to win another Super Bowl. It would be disappointing if we were only able to win one in my time here. Hopefully we can get one of those done.”

The Patriots serve as the benchmark for every NFL team over the past twenty seasons and it’s pretty unfair for all of the other successful squads during that time. Not only do they have to face the Patriots on the field, but they also have to compete with them from a legacy standpoint.

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe (92) takes the field before an NFL game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.  The Chiefs won the game 33-27.  (AP Photo/TUSP, Jay Biggerstaff)

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that Atlanta Falconsdefensive tackle Dontari Poe collected a $125,000 bonus for weighing under 330 pounds.

According to Spotrac, the Falcons signed Poe to a one-year deal this offseason worth a cap hit of $8 million with $2 million in incentives.

The 26-year-old Poe spent the first five seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they selected him with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2012Kansas City ChiefsKansas City Chiefs draft out of Memphis.

Poe was twice named to the Pro Bowl during his time with the Chiefs, but he is coming off a down year statistically, as he registered just 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2016.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are a flawed football team. Do you know what that means? They are like everyone else in the National Football League. This is not a season to scrutinize NFL contenders to determine why they could win a Super Bowl. It is a year to ask, search why not?

Pick a contender, buy any contender, who seems like a sure-shot to make it to Houston, the site of Super Bowl LI. The Patriots relied on a fourth-round rookie wide receiver to barely beat the Jets on Sunday as Rob Gronkowski exited (again) with (yet another) injury. The Raiders own a defense that proved capable of yielding 25 points in a quarter.  The Seahawks lost in Tampa Bay with an offensive line that demonstrated the resistance of a pile of mashed potatoes. Even the Cowboys, winners of 10 straight, have a defense that remains a question mark.

So, sure. Why not the Chiefs? Their manic, 30-27 overtime victory in Denver on Sunday night proved neither their dominance nor their perfection. It instead indicated they belong in a jumble of quite good, blemished teams that have a chance to make the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs provide plenty to believe in, starting with the double-take fact they have won 19 of their last 23 games. Kansas City receives little acclaim and doesn’t really have a national identity. It just wins, often in head-scratching fashion, like on Sunday night.

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