|Martellus Bennett, Tom Brady, Julian Edelman among 9 Patriots questionable vs. Rams||12.02.16 at 4:12 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It’s a lengthy injury report for the Patriots this week leading into Sunday’s game against the Rams.
Two players were ruled out on Friday in Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Richards. Gronkowski is having back surgery Friday, while Richards missed practice all week with a foot injury.
There are nine players listed as questionable, including Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan.
Elandon Roberts popped up on the injury report with a jaw injury and is questionable. After missing Friday’s practice, Matthew Slater is questionable with a foot injury. He missed last week, but practiced Wednesday and Thursday.
After missing Wednesday and Thursday, Nate Ebner was limited Friday with a concussion.
Here is the complete Patriots injury report.
S Jordan Richards (foot)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee)
QB Tom Brady (knee)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/ankle)
S/ST Nate Ebner (concussion)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Trey Flowers (shin)
WR Chris Hogan (back)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (illness)
LB Elandon Roberts (jaw)
WR Matthew Slater (foot)
|Tom Brady says Rob Gronkowski injury ‘tough news for everybody’ but train doesn’t ‘stop for anybody’||at 2:33 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady has been down this road before.
He’s lost his favorite tight end target to injury in 2012, 2013, last season and even one time already this season. So when the news that Rob Gronkowski would be lost for the rest of the regular season and likely until the Super Bowl, Brady tried to keep a philosophical “next-man-up” attitude.
“That was tough news to hear for everybody because he’s such a big part of our team and what we do and his enthusiasm and energy for the game and what he means to us on the field because he’s such a great player and the kind of leader he is off the field and in the locker room,” Brady said Friday. “It’s a tough loss but we’ve still got a big challenge ahead and we’re going to try to do the best we can do. We’ve got a lot of good players and we’ll be focused on what our job is, which this week is a big test playing the Rams, their defense and what they can do. Everyone is going to have to step their game up.”
Brady admitted that seeing Gronkowski need a third back surgery hits him as a person first and then a teammate.
“He’s been through a lot over the years and he always comes back strong with a great attitude and a great mindset,” Brady said. “I think that’s what everybody expects from him. He’s a great guy. He’s a great teammate. He’s a great friend. He’s a tough guy. He always battles back. And we’ll keep battling without him. We’ve got a lot of tough guys in the locker room, still. See if we can make it a season. We’re off to a good start. We’ve got to keep it going. This is the time of year where we have to play our best football.”
Now Brady must turn to the likes of Martellus Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and running backs Dion Lewis and James White to pick up the slack in the passing game.
FOXBORO — What’s the very latest on the Rob Gronkowski injury? How are the Patriots responding? WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable have the very latest inside Gillette Stadium.
|Tom Brady on injured knee: ‘I’ll be feeling a lot better out there than last week’||12.01.16 at 8:50 pm ET|
On Monday, Tom Brady said his injured knee wouldn’t be a long-term issue and it appears that is still the case.
On Westwood One prior to Thursday Night Football, Brady said his knee is doing much better and he’s looking forward to Sunday’s game against the Rams.
“It’s doing a lot better,” Brady said. “I told you on Monday night I am a fast healer. I’m feeling so much better today. I am excited about this weekend and going out there and playing against a great Rams defense. I’ll be feeling a lot better out there than last week, but that’s part of football season, too — dealing with the bumps and bruises and once again fighting through whatever adversity you face over the course of the week.
“Nobody makes excuses and certainly nobody feels sorry for the Patriots. We still have to go out there and try and do our best and play a great game.”
Brady missed practice on Wednesday, but returned on Thursday and was limited.
Even with a banged up knee, Brady led the Patriots to a comeback win over the Jets last week, as he went 30-for-50 with 286 yards and two touchdowns.
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The Patriots finally got their full complement of skill players playing together Sunday against the Jets, but that only lasted roughly a quarter as Rob Gronkowski left with a back injury.
Then, on Thursday it was reported the tight end will need back surgery and is going to be out about eight weeks.
Appearing on Westwood One’s pregame show for Thursday Night Football, Tom Brady said it will be challenging without Gronkowski, but part of the NFL is overcoming adversity.
“You know, it doesn’t help losing great players,” Brady said. “To not have Gronk out there as one of our best players and most dependable, consistent players, not in the lineup makes things challenging for us, but that is what the NFL season is about. It’s about overcoming challenges. We have a lot of good players on our team that are going to need to fill the void and that is a big void left by a spectacular player in Gronk. I don’t think any of us are going to give up what we’re trying to accomplish.
“He’s such a mentally tough person. He’s physically tough. He has a great energy and spirit about him. We’re all wishing him the very best. Nobody wants Gronk not out there. Everybody wants Gronk out there every play of every game. That’s not a reality. We still have a job to do and we’re going to try and go out and do it as well as we possibly can.”
Brady said he’s spoken to Gronkowski a few times over the last couple days and said the tight end will work as hard as he can to get back as soon as possible.
“Everyone is thinking about him and what he’s gone through,” Brady said. “It’s such a physical sport. It’s hard to see people that you care about go through injuries and he’s gone through his fair share. I also know the resolve that he has and that will never change with him. He will be as determined as ever to get back and get better as soon as possible.”
FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news at practice on Thursday as a few of their players who missed Wednesdays session returned.
Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Julian Edelman (foot) all returned and were limited in the session.
There were two additions to the injury report as Trey Flowers was limited with a shin injury, while Woodrow Hamilton missed the practice with an illness.
For the second straight day, Nate Ebner was present, but didn’t practice with a concussion and Jordan Richards was out with a knee injury.
Missing two straight practices is not a good sign for their availability for Sunday. The Patriots special teams could need some reinforcements.
Here is the complete injury report.
DID NOT PRACTICE
TE Rob Gronkowski (back)
ST Nate Ebner (concussion)
S Jordan Richards (knee)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shin)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
QB Tom Brady (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
WR Chris Hogan (back)
ST/WR Matthew Slater (foot)
DL Trey Flowers (shin)
FOXBORO — Want some good news from Gillette Stadium on Thursday?
A few key members of the Patriots returned to the practice field after missing Wednesdays practice.
Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Julian Edelman (foot/birth of child) were spotted at Patriots practice on Thursday, which was held in shells, not full pads like they have been on past Thursdays, on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium.
There were four players missing, though: Trey Flowers, Jordan Richards, Rob Gronkowski and Woodrow Hamilton. Also, practice squad tight end Kennard Backman was not spotted as well.
Nate Ebner, who didn’t practice with a concussion on Wednesday, was out on the field, but he was also spotted Wednesday, so it’s unclear if he will participate in the session.
The injury report will come out later in the day.
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