The New England Patriots released their official injury report for Week 11 yesterday, and 16 players were listed questionable. Three others were probable, and just one player (Logan Mankins) was doubtful. There are many players listed questionable, but the majority of them are expected to play Sunday. Wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski are two of those players, even though Welker’s status was in doubt at one point.
Rob Gronkowski has been listed questionable on the injury report ever since Week 3 after injuring his hip before the game against the Buffalo Bills. He has been limited in practice pretty much every day since then, but he wasn’t even affected much by the injury against the Bills in the Week 3 game. In fact, that was when he started to get back to his explosive best. Gronkowski is playing against the Colts, and anyone who tells you otherwise has not been paying attention this season to the Pats or does not know how Bill Belichick operates.
As for Welker, he did not participate in practice during Wednesday or Thursday, which made many Patriots fans fear that he suffered a setback on the ankle he injured a couple of weeks ago against the St. Louis Rams. However, it was found out that he did indeed participate in the walk-through Thursday, and that led to the belief that he was merely getting rested.
Welker returned to practice on Friday, and he will almost certainly be playing against the Colts. The only top pass-catcher the New England Patriots will likely be missing is Aaron Hernandez, who is “expected to sit out” per NFL Insider Albert Breer.
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