BOSTON (CBS) – We knew the Patriots were light at tight end depth entering the 2013 season, but after one game they are now down to just one healthy tight end.
According to The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld pulled his hamstring in Sunday’s win over the Bills, leaving the Patriots with Michael Hoomanawanui as the lone healthy tight end on the roster.
The Patriots didn’t do much with their tight ends on Sunday, with Hoomanawanui recording the only catch from the position. Sudfeld was targeted once in the game, a pass that went off his fingertips and into the hands of the Buffalo defense for an interception.
All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from off-season back and arm surgeries, and will likely need another couple of weeks before he returns. Gronkowski and was listed as “doubtful” on Friday’s practice report before being declared out on Saturday evening.
The Patriots released both Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard before the season, and Fells could find himself back in a Patriots uniform by week’s end. Tackle Nate Solder could also see some time at tight end, a position he played in college.
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But the Pats are in a very tough spot right now, with just a few days to prepare for their Thursday night match up with the New York Jets.