September 26, 2013

Patriots Beat: Update on the injured? Yeah, right

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Rob Gronkowski
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Rob Gronkowski gets a hand from a trainer during a stretching drill before practice Wednesday at Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski is getting closer to returning.

The Associated Press


WHO: New England Patriots (3-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-2)

WHEN: 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Georgia Dome


"I don't even know how that works out," he said. "I mean, from doubtful to questionable, I don't know. Like I said, I'm improving every week so whoever makes that call must have seen something in my improvement."

This much is clear, the Patriots are not going to rush either Gronkowski or Amendola back. New England is ranked last among the NFL's 32 teams in red zone (inside the opponent's 20) offense. Last!

Of 13 possessions inside the 20, they have scored only four touchdowns.

Gronkowski and Amendola are perfect weapons inside the 20. But Brady wouldn't say whether having them back immediately improves the team's chances of scoring.

"Hopefully at some point when he's back, he can play a role," said Brady. "When he's not out there, look, we have to count on the other guys to do it. I know we haven't been great in the red area this year, but it's no excuse. The guys that are out there are plenty capable, I'm plenty capable of getting the ball into tight spots and making the plays.

"We have to run the ball in. If they're taking away the run, we have to throw the ball in. ... We can be a better red-area team than we've been, we just have to go out and execute better."

And when he returns, what can we expect from Gronkowski?

"Just the same old," he said. "Doing what the coaches ask me to do, what play is called, how Tom wants things run. I'll do what I've been doing the last few years out on the field."

Patriots fans can't wait.

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