As the Patriots gear up to tangle with the 2-2 Cincinnati Bengals, we have received word as to who will be playing, and who will not be taking the field. As expected, tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play (ho-hum) and I think we have gotten to the point where Patriots fans are getting restless with Gronk’s return timetable. Personally, I would be fine with Gronkowski missing the entire regular season, as long as he is 100% for the playoffs. That is where New England will really need him, and they will need him at full strength.
Austin Collie, who was signed earlier this week, is another inactive for today’s game and I think this shows that Aaron Dobson is healthy enough to not only play, but shoulder a big work-load for this offense. Dobson hurt his neck last week in a scary play in the end zone against the Atlanta Falcons.
The best news that we have gotten, is the fact that wide receiver Danny Amendola is finally healthy enough to return to the playing field. We saw how valuable Amendola could be to this offense in week one, as Brady went to him early and often, showing a strong connection that had already been developed between the two. Hopefully we see this rapport again, as the Pats take on one of the most talented defensive units in the NFL.
Other Patriot inactives include wide receiver Matthew Slater, running back Stevan Ridley, safety Tavon Wilson, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, and offensive lineman Chris Barker.