Patriots rule out Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola
|09.28.13 at 8:15 pm ET|
The Patriots have done the expected and officially ruled out Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola for their game in Atlanta against the Falcons Sunday night. The team made the announcement via Twitter Saturday night after multiple reports that neither player made the trip to Atlanta with the team on Saturday despite both players being listed as limited and questionable to play on Friday’s final injury report.
The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin and ESPN’s Adam Schefter all reported Saturday that Gronkowski and Amendola did not make the trip and were expected to be ruled out upon the team’s arrival in Atlanta Saturday evening.
Schefter reported later Saturday that Gronkowski is expected to be ready within the next three weeks while the NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported that Gronkowski was telling teammates early in the week that he was feeling good and ready to play before being ruled out.
This is the second time this season Gronkowski has not traveled with the team on the road for a game, as he remained back home on Sept. 7 when the team traveled to Buffalo for their season opener the next day against the Bills.
When players do not make the trip with the team, it is customary for teams to downgrade their players to out for the game, as was the case on the first weekend of the season.
Two players on injury report have been downgraded to out: Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 29, 2013
This news comes as a report surfaced Saturday in the Boston Herald that Gronkowski’s camp and the team are at odds over whether the tight end is indeed ready to resume action after five offseason surgeries on his left forearm and his back. Gronkowski’s supporters don’t feel the tight end is 100 percent yet while the team reportedly has seen nothing holding him back in practice that would suggest he’s not ready to make his 2013 debut.
Adding to the intrigue is a report from national sports medicine expert Will Carroll, who reported that sources close to the Patriots say Gronkowski is “behind where we need him to be.”
Just talked with NE sources. Gronkowski out this week (didn't make trip) and "behind where we need him to be" for next week.
— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) September 28, 2013
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