Rob Gronkowski inactive, won’t be a fantasy factor for at least another week

By Shalise Manza Young / Globe Staff/ September 11, 2013 Buy reprints The Patriots officially listed Danny Amendola as doubtful for Thursday nights game against the Jets, an expected move after the receiver aggravated a groin injury Sunday against the Bills, though he did play, and excel, in the second half. Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) is also listed as doubtful. He has been taking part in practices for more than a week, though on a limited basis. The Patriots added special teams ace Matthew Slater with a knee injury, and he is one of eight players listed as questionable, joining Brandon Bolden (knee), Aaron Dobson (hamstring), Nate Ebner (ankle), Duron Harmon (hamstring), Zach Sudfeld (hamstring), Will Svitek (knee) and Leon Washington (thigh). Full story for subscribers.

Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots star unlikely to play in Week 2


More: For extended coverage of the Patriots, visit Pats Pulpit Gronkowski, 24, is still working to rehab from offseason surgeries on both his back and forearm. While there has been hope that he’ll return in Week 2 or Week 3,’s Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport have highlighted the team’s Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons as the most likely return date. In the Patriots’ Week 1 victory over the Buffalo Bills , quarterback Tom Brady managed 288 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but did so without much help from the tight end position. Michael Hoomanawanui caught just one pass for five yards and rookie Zach Sudfeld was cause for an interception after a ball deflected off his hands into the arms of Bills cornerback Justin Rogers. Gronkowski compiled 187 receptions for 2,663 yards and 38 touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons, including 17 touchdowns in 2011, an NFL record for tight ends.

In any event, the Patriots have revamped their wide receiver corps during the offseason, most notably swapping the departed Wes Welker for Danny Amendola. Also gone are Brandon Lloyd and Donte’ Stallworth, with veterans Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins, and second-round pick Aaron Dobson, in the mix. The attempt to upgrade the wideouts didn’t quite work last year, hence another makeover. And the two tight-end impact was derailed, too. Injuries limited Gronkowski to 11 games and Hernandez to 10 games.

Patriots injuries: Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola expected to miss Jets game

Both players were listed as doubtful heading into the Thursday night contest. More: For more information on the Patriots, go to Pats Pulpit Gronkowski has spent the last several months recovering from surgeries on his forearm and back. The newly-acquired Amendola was injured his groin in the Patriots ‘ Week 1 win against the Bills . Prior to the injury, Brady and Amendola connected on ten catches for 104 yards against Buffalo. Along with Gronkowski and Amendola, running back Shane Vereen has been placed on injured reserve with a “designated to return” check this out tag, after having surgery on a broken bone in his arm this week.

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12, 2013 Rob Gronkowski inactive, won’t be a fantasy factor for at least another week Related In partnership with By Jon Benne Follow the Patriots at Pats Pulpit Gronkowski is still not all the way back from back surgery. He got in some limited practice sessions this week, but was always a long shot to suit up in Week 2. The latest news is that he could be back as soon as Week 3, which seems to be a sensible timeline–the Patriots have 10 days before their next game. Fantasy impact: It looks like Gronk will reward patient fantasy owners sooner than later. At worst, he should be ready for Week 4 after avoiding the regular season PUP. He will be a welcome presence for a Patriots offense desperate for healthy playmakers. In the meantime, the Patriots will dress just two tight ends on Thursday.