Injured Pats host Geno and the Jets
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Jets and Patriots get the NFL weekend off to an early start tonight in Foxborough, both coming off last-second wins in their season openers.
New England could be without two of their most productive weapons from their 23-21 win over Buffalo. Receiver Danny Amendola is doubtful with a groin injury. He caught 10 passes and had two touchdowns against the Bills.
"We've got a lot of good players in the locker room so when people are injured, that's why you have a deep roster, guys that you have confidence in, you've gained trust in. I’ve certainly got that at the skill positions" Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said.
Running back Shane Vereen broke his left wrist in the Patriots' win after rushing for 101 yards. Stephen Ridley is expected to get the start.
"Everyone that's on the team is ultimately going to have to contribute at some time in the season, so you have to always be prepared for the opportunity," Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman said.
Rookie Geno Smith gets his second start at quarterback for the Jets after having what coach Rex Ryan called a solid game in the one-point win over Tampa Bay Sunday.
"Look around, its jets week. You know it’s Jets week when you walk in. Not only is it an AFC matchup, AFC East rivalry game, we look forward to these games,” Patriots defensive back Kyle Arrington said.
"They always come in and play us tough, they have a good team, show us a lot of different looks and they have great coaches as well. So we really don’t know what to expect,” Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo said.
"It's awesome. It's Boston and New York. It’s been that way for a long time, long before me. Anytime you see them on the schedule you just think of all the great games you’ve had against them and you think of how challenging the game will be. We know a lot of the faces. We know the scheme. There are some new faces that are part of the rivalry. It’s going to be an exciting game here on Thursday night. I know it’s our first home opener which is always fun for us players,” Brady said.
[Written in part by the Associated Press]