Despite a number of key injuries to important players on the offensive side of the ball, the Patriots have slugged their way to an unbeaten start to the 2013 season. Danny Amendola suffered a groin injury in the preseason, which he then re-aggravated in a gutty performance in week one against Buffalo. Superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from back surgery he had in the summer, and now right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is on the injury report, as he suffered a foot strain this past Sunday against Tampa Bay.
However there is some good news coming out of Foxboro regarding these injuries, and if everything falls into place, the Pats offense could be healthy once again in the coming weeks. According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, both Amendola and Gronk were practicing in full pads today. They were listed as limited performers, but never the less, seeing them on the practice field is good news. Sebastian Vollmer was not at practice according to this report, and while it is too early in the week to jump to conclusions, Vollmer may end up missing Sunday night’s bout with the Falcons. Both Amendola and Gronkowski are key to the Patriots attack, and having them both back 100% within the next few weeks would be huge for the New England aerial attack.
The Patriots listed seven other players as limited performers, including Will Svitek, Kyle Arrington, Brandon Bolden, Marquice Cole, Nate Ebner, Jerod Mayo and Leon Washington. Vollmer and Matthew Slater were the only players that did not participate in practice.