The Patriots top two offensive weapons are each dealing with injuries that could force them to miss this Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
With the November 27 game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets already being flexed out of the Sunday night spot, some of the main characters being absent from the game could actually make the contest even less appealing. The normal hype that surrounds a Patriots-Jets matchup has pretty much been non-existent, and two of the Patriots main attractions watching the game from the sidelines isn’t going to do anything to snaz it up.
Friday’s release of the official injury report revealed that both star quarterback Tom Brady and his favorite target Rob Gronkowski are both listed as questionable for the Sunday afternoon bout against the New York Jets. Although this may help level the playing field for the Jets, who have struggled mightily in 2016, it isn’t going to do the appeal of the game any favors.
Brady is dealing with an undisclosed knee injury. The Patriots and Bill Belichick have a long history of being hush-hush regarding injuries, so not much is being said naturally.
Per Ryan Hannable of WEEI, when asked if he was going to play in the Sunday game against the New York Jets, Brady simply replied, “We’ll see.”
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 25, 2016
Brady being present on the practice field Friday is probably the number one indicator that he will be behind center come Sunday. Betting against Brady to miss the contest against the New York Jets may not be the wisest move. While Brady has already missed four game this season due to his involvement in the Deflategate scandal, he hasn’t missed a game due to injury since he missed most of 2006 when he tore his ACL in week 1.
Rob Gronkowski is different case, however.
Even though Gronk has been practicing on a limited basis, Gronk has had his fair share of injury issues over his career and is dealing with a perforated lung. Gronk missed last week’s game against the 49ers, and the Patriots could look to allow their top receiving option extra time to heal, instead of playing him against the New York Jets. Rushing Gronk back from an injury to his lungs could easily cause him to miss even more time by re-aggravating the injury.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Patriots have not closed the door on Gronk playing this week.
Patriots have not closed the door on Gronk playing this week. Still under consideration. Day to day
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 24, 2016
One thing is for sure, with the hardships the New York Jets have experienced this season and the Patriots possibly sitting their top stars, this game has gone from one that gets circled on the schedule to just another Sunday.