Amendola, Gronkowski will play, source says

Danny Amendola during practice Wednesday (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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Danny Amendola at Patriots practice Wednesday.

FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots will likely get a boost on offense Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons with the return of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola, according to a league source.

Gronkowski, who has been rehabilitating after undergoing back and forearm surgeries, is expected to play, as is Danny Amendola, who was been hampered with a groin injury. Both were listed on the final injury report of the week as questionable, which signifies a 50-50 chance to play.

The source said that, as of today, the two are playing against the Falcons, but there is “a lot of time between now and Sunday night.”


While the Patriots are taking it day by day, the plan is for them to have a limited role in Atlanta.

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Amendola’s status represents an upgrade from last week, when he was listed as doubtful against Tampa Bay and did not play.

In addition to Amendola and Gronkowski, others listed as questionable was tackle Sebastian Vollmer (foot), who did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Typically, players not practicing Thursday do not play in that week’s game.

The Patriots did declare wide receiver/special teamer Matthew Slater (wrist) as out.

The Falcons declared running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) as out, and former Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) was added to their report as questionable.


The full report:



WR Matthew Slater (wrist)


WR Danny Amendola (groin)

CB Kyle Arrington (groin)

RB Brandon Bolden (knee)


DB Nate Ebner (ankle)

TE Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm)

OL Will Svitek (knee)

OL Sebastian Vollmer (foot)

RB Leon Washington (thigh)


LB Jerod Mayo (ankle)

TE Zach Sudfeld (hamstring)

DT Vince Wilfork (foot)



RB Steven Jackson (hamstring)


T Sam Baker (foot/knee)

WR Julio Jones (knee)

CB Asante Samuel (thigh)

WR Roddy White (ankle)


C Peter Konz (knee)

CB Robert McClain (knee)

G Garrett Reynolds (knee)

RB Josh Vaughan (ankle)

Shalise Manza Young of the Globe staff contributed to this report.