Dec 21, 2015 11:57 AM

Patriots clinch bye, but at the cost of more injuries in 33-16 win over Titans

FOXBOROUGH - It's been a while since the Patriots have had to overcome this many injuries in one season. Yes, they beat the Tennessee Titans 33-16 Sunday, but it cost them.

Danny Amendola left again with a with knee injury and so did Dont'a Hightower. In addition, Patrick Chug went down with a hip injury.

Running back James White had seven catches for 71 yards, and has been used more and more each week since Dion Lewis suffered a knee injury. "Yeah, he's gained a lot of trust from everybody just based on his performance, his consistency," Brady said.

Lewis had another long pass play negated by an offensive pass interference call after a touchdown on a screen pass which seemed to impress Brady.

"I mean, from what I saw there wasn't much there," he said, "and then he was so patient to see things open up and then took advantage when the hole finally did open, accelerated through there and got in the end zone. So he's been really productive in that role."

Brady who was absent from practice on Friday with what the team called an illness, was asked how good he felt in Sunday's game.

"I felt ready to go," he said. "We just keep trying to find ways to get the ball in the end zone. And it wasn't as pretty as we would like, but it's December football so just glad to get the win."

A strong debut for rookie Joey Iosefa as well.

He was signed to the 53-man roster Saturday, replacing linebacker Eric Martin, who was released. Iosefa finished the day with a game-high 51 yards on 14 carries.

It was an emotional game for Rob Gronkowski. In his first quarter touchdown catch from Brady, he pointed to the sky to honor his friend who passed away this week, which is why he had missed practice on Friday.


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