Although the Patriots bounced back from their Week 4 embarrassment at KC with a pair of big wins, Sunday's victory over Buffalo came with a massive toll.
As expected, New England has lost linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley to season-ending knee injuries.
Danny Trevathan will again miss several weeks with a broken bone near his left kneecap.
According to John Fox, the injury is just above the knee and to the side.
Although Denver headed into the locker room with a 17-7 lead over the Jets, it was a costly first half.
Danny Trevathan was carted off with an injury to his left knee during the Jets' opening drive.
The NFL fined Julius Thomas $8,268 for his chop block against Cards end Calais Campbell, who is expected to miss several weeks with a sprained MCL.
Tuesday saw a handful of transactions of at least tangential interest to Denver:
- Detroit is expected to sign Matt Prater, having chosen him over Jay Feely after the two tried out on Tuesday. Mike Klis suggests Prater's agent is playing hard to get, if you can believe that, but Adam Schefter says Prater will sign a one-year deal.
In what appears to be an unrelated move, the team released tackle Ryan Miller from their practice squad.
Just a few more notes of interest on this Monday evening:
- Mike Holmgren downplayed his visit last week to Raiders HQ, chalking it up to something of a favor to his former Green Bay colleague, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie. The SB 32 loser says he just went to review some film and offer an outside opinion on what's gone so wrong for the Raiders this year.
According to Mike Klis, Montee Ball's groin strain will cause him to miss "several weeks" of action.
Starting on Sunday, Denver will play three games in 12 days - at the Jets, versus San Francisco a week later, and versus San Diego the following Thursday.
The Lions cut their second kicker of the season, this time Alex Henery, formerly of the Eagles.
Henery replaced 2014 seventh-rounder Nate Freese two weeks ago, and the two combined to go just 4/12 on field goal attempts.
Detroit will reportedly work out former Broncs kicker Matt Prater today, along with Jay Feely and Connor Barth.
According to Mike Klis, Montee Ball will undergo an MRI on his injured groin on Monday.
Ball left in the third quarter of Denver's 41-20 win over Arizona.