Thursday, April 24, 2014
The New England Patriots released their final Injury Report of the Week Friday and will travel to the Meadowlands to play the New York Jets Sunday without wide receiver Danny Amendola, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and running back Leon Washington.
All were listed as OUT on Friday's Injury Report. Amendola suffered a concussion in last week's win over New Orleans. Kelly suffered a knee injury two weeks ago. Washington has been battling an ankle injury.
Also, cornerback Aqib Talib, the team's best coverman, is listed as DOUBTFUL, whch means he has only a 25 percent chance to play. After missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday, he returned Friday with limited participation. Media reports from Boston seem to indicate that he will not play against the Jets.
Meanwhile, tight end Rob Gronkowski is among a handful of players listed as QUESTIONABLE, which means there is a 50-50 chance he will play.
There has been much speculation that Gronkowski will play Sunday, however. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told the media that Gronkowski, recovering from off-season surgeries to his forearm and back, has been cleared by his doctors to play.
And Gronkowski released this video Friday talking about his rehab, indicating he was ready to come back after missing the first six games of the season.
In other news:
The Patriots named defensive back Devin McCourty and defensive end Rob Ninkovich defensive captains, replacing defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jerod Mayo, both out for the season on Injured Reserve.
And linebacker Brandon Spikes was fined for $10,500 for wearing his red spikes last week, instead of the blue and white ones worn by his teammates. It was the second consecutive week, Spikes has been fined for violating the NFL's uniform policy.
Offensive tackle Nate Solder was added to the Injury List on Friday. He is listed with a back injury, but is expected to play.Tweet
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
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