FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — As much as the New England Patriots try to ease their injured players back into action, the list of injuries keeps growing.

In a 33-16 victory Sunday over the Tennessee Titans, New England lost three more players – all among their leading contributors.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola suffered a left knee injury in the second quarter. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower exited because of a left knee injury in the third quarter. Safety Patrick Chung sustained a hip injury in the fourth quarter.

None of the injuries are believed to be serious – Hightower, for example, was seen walking through the locker room with no noticeable limp – but all three players have been banged up lately.

Amendola missed the 30-24 overtime loss on Nov. 29 in Denver after suffering a knee injury a week earlier. Hightower returned to the lineup Sunday after missing the previous two games following a knee injury suffered in the Denver game.

Chung hasn’t missed any games, but he has been banged around in recent games.

Amendola is second on the team with 63 catches. Chung is tied with Jamie Collins for the team lead with 76 tackles. Hightower is tied with injured safety Devin McCourty for fifth on the team in tackles.

The Patriots were already without McCourty (ankle sprain), wide receiver Julian Edelman (broken foot), linebacker Jonathan Freeny (hand) and tight end Scott Chandler (knee), plus 14 others who are on the injured reserve list and are out for the season.

They also realize there’s nothing they can do about the injuries.

“Injuries? That’s part of football. You can’t control that,” said defensive end Jabaal Sheard. “Everybody’s just got to continue to play and do your job.”

That was the refrain throughout the locker room.

“Man, the only thing you say is next man up, and whoever steps into the role, we (have) to have confidence in them,” said cornerback Malcolm Butler, who had an interception Sunday. “I don’t think you’d be out there if the staff and the organization and your teammates didn’t have trust in you. So we’ve just got to roll with what we got and continue working.”

TIGHT END Rob Gronkowski dedicated the game to his late friend and trainer Dana Parenteau, who died Friday. Gronkowski missed Friday’s practice.

Gronkowski scored a touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Tom Brady and pointed both arms into the air.

“My good friend loved the game of football, loved being at my games, always had my back,” said Gronkowski. “I definitely dedicated that touchdown to him. I pointed up. I know he was up there watching, just definitely made that score for him, and I know he was going crazy knowing that it was dedicated to him.”

Asked if it was difficult to play, Gronkowski said, “I know he would want me to go out there and whoop some booty, which we did as a team. He’s pumping me up before the games and loves seeing me go out there and ball. That’s what we did today and I know he’s up there and he’s proud.”

Gronkowski finished with five catches for 54 yards.

CENTER BRYAN STORK was among the Patriots’ inactive players, which wasn’t a surprise because he was not at practice Friday. His absence was not injury-related, according to New England’s injury report. After the game, Coach Bill Belichick said his absence was “a coaching decision.”

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston tweeted later that Stork was “grieving after the loss of a close family member.”

Other inactives included Edelman, McCourty, Freeny, Chandler and newcomers LaAdrian Waddle, an offensive lineman, and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, a defensive lineman.

McCourty’s absence meant Duron Harmon got the start at safety. Stork’s absence meant rookie David Andrews, who started the first 10 games of the season at center, was back at the center spot.

WITH THE win, New England improved to 12-2, its sixth consecutive season with at least 12 wins. It’s the second longest streak in NFL history. The Indianapolis Colts had seven consecutive 12-win seasons from 2003-09.