New England Patriots Danny Woodhead should play against Baltimore Ravens

According to a report from CBS Boston, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo surgery today after breaking his arm against the Houston Texans. The loss of Gronkowski undoubtedly hurts this team significantly, but the Pats showed multiple times this season that they can succeed on offense without Gronk in the aftermath of both injuries.

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CBS Boston is also reporting some great news on the injury front, and that is that running back Danny Woodhead “should be able to play” next week against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game. If you recall, Woodhead had a huge role in the Pats 31-30 loss to the Ravens early this year, and he had too much of a role in that one. I am sure Josh McDaniels and the coaching staff will switch things up and give most of those carries back to top ten running back Stevan Ridley.

Danny Woodhead ran the ball on the Patriots first play from scrimmage against the Houston Texans, and he ended up injuring his left thumb on that first play. He was seen with some ice on the sideline, and it’s great to hear his injury isn’t serious. Just like with the injury of Gronkowski, the Patriots can feasibly cope with Woodhead since they have personnel of similar qualities who can replace them (albeit to a less efficient degree) in the line-up. Shane Vereen showed us yesterday that he has plenty of dynamic ability himself with three touchdowns and some ridiculous numbers in the passing and running game.

It’s great to hear that Woodhead is fine, and I’ll bet we see him on the field against Baltimore.

You can follow Joe Soriano on Twitter @SorianoJoe.

Topics: Baltimore Ravens, Danny Woodhead, New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen

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