The Patriots released their first injury report of the week today, and as is the norm in Patriot-ville, there were no major surprises coming out of Foxboro.
The usual suspects are all listed, as tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Danny Amendola and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer are all questionable for Sunday night’s game. There have been a number of conflicting reports concerning Gronk’s availability released throughout the week, and the general consensus is we will probably not know the official ruling on him until 90 minutes before kickoff, when each squad announces their inactive players.
Amendola’s situation is a bit more clear, the team has said that he is coming along very nicely in his “rehab” from the groin injury he suffered, but a return this week is not very likely. There is still a chance he plays, and I would never put it past Amendola, as he is one of the toughest dudes you will ever come across, but I don’t think that we will see him on the field for at least another week. As for Vollmer, he is still dealing with a foot strain that he received last Sunday against Tampa Bay, and I honestly have no clue if he will play or not. I have a feeling that this may be another game time decision for Belichick and company. Marcus Cannon filled in admirably for Vollmer last Sunday, so that leaves the coaching staff with a solid backup option if they choose to err on the side of caution with Vollmer.
Leon Washington, Will Svitek, Nate Ebner, Brandon Bolden, and Kyle Arrington round out the list of questionable players for the Pats, while special teams ace Matthew Slater has been the only Patriot officially ruled out.