Inactive analysis: Rob Gronkowski good to go against Jets
|10.20.13 at 11:38 am ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD — Here are the seven inactives for the Patriots for Sunday’s game about the Jets — a group that doesn’t include tight end Rob Gronkowski for the first time all season — and what their status means for the team:
Defensive lineman Tommy Kelly: The veteran suffered a knee injury in the second half of the loss to the Bengals, and hasn’t been back at practice since. He was one of three who were ruled out on Friday. As they did last week, expect rookies Joe Vellano and Chris Jones to get the bulk of the reps in place of Kelly and Vince Wilfork. It will be interesting to see if the Jets try and test the youngsters up front.
Running back/returner Leon Washington: Also ruled out on Friday, the veteran has struggled with ankle and thigh issues to this point in the season, and has played in just two of the six games to this point in the season. Brandon Bolden — who has been struggling with a knee issue — will likely see the bulk of the work as the third-down and kick returning option if he’s healthy.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola: Amendola suffered a groin injury in the opener against the Bills, and returned to the lineup earlier this month against the Bengals. However, he took a hellacious shot in the second half of the win over the Saints, and was held out of practice this week with a concussion.
Cornerback Aqib Talib: The veteran went down with a hip injury in the second half of the win over New Orleans, and while he returned to the practice field on Friday, wasn’t deemed healthy enough to go against the Jets. (He was ruled out Saturday night.) Expect much of the burden at the cornerback spot to fall to Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan and Marquice Cole. There’s also the possibility that Devin McCourty moves over from safety to get some reps at corner — he did it on a part-time basis last week after Talib went down against the Saints.
Defensive back Tavon Wilson: The safety has been struggling with a hamstring issue the last few weeks, and was limited in practice all week. Like Talib, he was downgraded Saturday.
Offensive lineman Chris Barker: A healthy scratch, the offensive lineman has played one game this season.
Wide receiver Josh Boyce: The rookie out of TCU was a healthy scratch last week against the Saints, as veteran Austin Collie was able to pick up a handful of snaps in his place.