Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski ‘doubtful’ vs. Jets, 8 others questionable
|09.11.13 at 4:16 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When it comes to injury news, Patriots fans are looking for the slightest glimmer of hope.
And a slight glimmer is exactly what they got on Wednesday as Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski were not officially ruled out for Thursday night’s home opener against the Jets at Gillette Stadium.
However, Amendola (groin) and Gronkowski (back/forearm) were again listed as limited on Wednesday and are officially considered “doubtful” for Thursday’s contest. The “doubtful” designation means that both players have no better than a 25 percent chance of being ready to play.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer indicated Tuesday that Amendola, according to sources close to the situation, was “almost certain” to miss the game and had a groin issue that was still be evaluated by team trainers and medical staff.
The news on Gronkowski might be considered promising after he was ruled out a day before Sunday’s season opener in Buffalo. But part of that could also be the fact that Gronkowski didn’t make the trip with the team to Western New York and the team didn’t want to travel a player who wasn’t going to play.
Matthew Slater was added to the injury report during Tuesday’s walkthrough and is considered no better than questionable with a knee issue.
The Patriots went through their final walkthrough on Wednesday in advance of Thursday night’s game at Gillette Stadium against the Jets.
The Jets have ruled out three players in defensive lineman Quinton Coples (ankle), QB Mark Sanchez (shoulder) and WR Jeremy Kerley with a concussion. Tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) did not practice Wednesday but is listed as probable and is expected to play.
Here’s the complete Wednesday report:
Did Not Practice
RB Shane Vereen (DNP–placed on IR) OUT through Week 10
WR Danny Amendola (groin) DOUBTFUL
TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) DOUBTFUL
RB Brandon Bolden (knee) QUESTIONABLE
WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
DB Nate Ebner (ankle) QUESTIONABLE
WR Matthew Slater (knee) QUESTIONABLE
DB Duron Harmon (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
TE Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) QUESTIONABLE
OL Will Svitek (knee) QUESTIONABLE
RB Leon Washington (thigh) QUESTIONABLE
CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) PROBABLE
CB Marquice Cole (ankle) PROBABLE
RB Stevan Ridley (shoulder) PROBABLE
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