The New England Patriots will definitely be without Shane Vereen until Week 11, and it would be a shock to see either Rob Gronkowski or Danny Amendola playing tonight against the New York Jets. Both players have been listed doubtful by the team, and that’s enough to make me believe almost fully that both players won’t be playing. If either of them plays, then I will be incredibly surprised, because when the Patriots list a key player doubtful, then they are almost never ready to play.
Rob Gronkowski will likely make his return next week after a long week of rest, but it was never in the cards for him to play in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. Therefore, it is also incredibly unlikely for him to play in a short week game against the Jets. His presence will be needed soon due to all the injuries, and I think we’ll see him play in Week 3.
Danny Amendola could miss more games than just tonight’s, and he’s even further away than Gronkowski at this point after aggravating his groin injury on Sunday. Amendola is a tough player, but this is a bad injury that will need at least this week as recovery time. Expect Amendola to come back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Atlanta Falcons, and his chances of playing are basically at zero.