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Patriots sign OL Tennant; Mankins reportedly out

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With left guard Logan Mankins expected to miss Sunday's game at the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots signed offensive lineman Matt Tennant.

Mankins has been bothered by a hip injury. He was officially listed as questionable on the injury report and did not travel with the team to Buffalo, according to CSNNewEngland.com.

Tennant, 25, is a two-year NFL veteran who played 28 games for the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans waived him in August. He was picked up by the Patriots, who waived him earlier this month before picking him up again.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, listed as questionable for Sunday with a hip injury, is expected to play, according to ESPN.

Gronkowski has 14 receptions for 156 yards with two touchdowns in three games. He has 22 catches for 314 yards with seven touchdowns in four games against Buffalo for his career.

Because of Aaron Hernandez's (ankle) absence, Gronkowski has been asked to block more so he has received fewer targets this year.

As a result, wide receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd have been more involved in the offense.
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