Patriots will be without DE Seymour against Atlanta

Updated: October 8, 2005, 8:58 PM ET
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The New England Patriots will be without three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour for Sunday's game in Atlanta, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
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22 17 5 0 2 0

Seymour didn't practice all week because of a left knee injury. He was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.

Still reeling from a 41-17 home loss to the San Diego Chargers last Sunday, the Patriots (2-2) now will face the Falcons' top-ranked rushing offense without Seymour.

Seymour appeared to be hurt while playing goal-line fullback against the Chargers. He was the lead blocker on Corey Dillon's 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Dillon landed on top of him in the end zone.

The Patriots' medical staff attended to Seymour on the sideline. He missed the next defensive series before returning to the game.

Coach Bill Belichick said there likely would be some "game-time decisions" on the team's injured players.

Two weeks ago in Pittsburgh, safety Rodney Harrison suffered a season-ending knee injury. Left tackle Matt Light is lost indefinitely with an injured ankle, and third-down running back Kevin Faulk is out with an injured foot. Cornerbacks Tyrone Poole and Randall Gay both have been sidelined with ankle injuries with Poole missing the last three games and Gay missing the last two.

Poole also is listed as out for Sunday's game, Paolantonio reported.

The rash of injuries follows the offseason losses of inside linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson, plus the free-agent departure of cornerback Ty Law. Bruschi has said he will sit out the season while recovering from a stroke he suffered in February. Johnson retired on the eve of training camp, citing the cumulative effect of a series of concussions.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.