CINCINNATI — Another week, another game that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss. He has been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Gronkowski has missed all five games this season, despite practicing every week. He is working his way back after multiple surgical procedures in the offseason on his forearm and back. He was listed on Friday’s injury report as questionable to play against the Bengals, but did not make the trip.
Receiver Danny Amendola was also listed as questionable, but was not one of the two players downgraded by the team on Saturday, improving his chances of a return. Amendola has missed the last three games after suffering a groin injury in the season-opening win at Buffalo.
Safety Tavon Wilson was downgraded to out for Sunday’s game, giving the Patriots three players who won’t play. Running back Stevan Ridley had already been ruled out after missing practice all week with a knee injury. Wilson had been limited in practice all week with a hamstring injury.
Sunday’s game will feature a matchup of the two longest-tenured head coaches in the league. This is Bill Belichick’s 14th season with the Patriots, and Marvin Lewis has been the Bengals’ coach since 2003.
Belichick talked last week about how different it is now that so few head coaches stay with teams for long.
“It’s kind of surprising, really. It is and it isn’t,” he said. “When I came into the league, that’s the way it was, coaches coached for a long time with the same team. They had a consistent program. There was always turnover, but not like there is now where guys coach for a year, year and half, and the team makes a change and brings in somebody else.
“Wheels spin pretty fast in that, and along with it goes all the changes — head coaches then therefore coordinators, position coaches. I mean, you go to the combine and it seems like every year a third of the coaches are wearing a different jacket than they wore the year before when you saw them. From that standpoint, it’s a big change from what I was used to.”
“We all know it’s a production business. We all know that you’re not guaranteed anything for very long. But the way things turn over in this league and in pro sports in general . . . It turns over pretty fast. It’s pretty amazing, really. On the one hand, it seems like a long time given the quick turnover that we have now. On the other hand, given the way I was used to it, it doesn’t seem like it should be that way.”
Eight of the NFL’s 32 teams changed head coaches for this season, and half made changes in the last three years.
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