Patriots-Jets injury report: Brady, Gronkowski questionable; Slater out

Patriots-Jets injury report: Brady, Gronkowski questionable; Slater out

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have listed their two best offensive players as "questionable" for Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium.

Both quarterback Tom Brady (knee) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (chest) are uncertain to play, per the team's injury report. They join tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), receiver Julian Edelman (foot), receiver Chris Hogan (back) and corner Cyrus Jones (illness) as questionable for their Week 12 contest against the Jets.

Brady practiced for the first time this week on Friday, and he said "we'll see" when asked later in the day if he would be good to go for his team's upcoming game.

"Yeah, we'll see how it goes," said Brady, who did not acknowledge that it was a hit from Seattle's Kam Chancellor that did the damage.

"I don’t want to get into it much. It’s just bumps and bruises like everybody else. It’s a tough time of year. A lot of guys have been going for a long time – a lot longer than me. Everyone is dealing with something. It’s part of football."

Brady typically doesn't like to miss practice sessions if he can avoid it, yet he was not out on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium on either Wednesday or Thursday. 

Would that hamper his preparation for the Jets? 

"I’m not sure because I haven’t done it in a long time, so we’ll just see," he said. "You work hard to do the best you can do whatever it is on a given day. If you can practice, great, but if you don’t have the opportunity to do it, then that’s the way it goes and you’ve got to do the best you can to get out there and help the team. Just trying to do the most I can to get out there and if I get my shot on Sunday, then I’ll do the best I can do."

Other notes from the Patriots injury report: Bennett's shoulder issue is a new ailment as Friday was the first time that has popped up on the report; Jones was present for practice on Wednesday and Thursday but came down with an illness that kept him off the field Friday; defensive end Rob Ninkovich did not practice Friday, but his absence was not injury related; special teams captain Matthew Slater, who did not practice this week due to a foot injury suffered against the Niners last weekend, has been ruled out.

On the Jets' end of things, receiver Brandon Marshall was a full participant in practice Friday after being limited due to a foot issue on Thursday. Jets center Nick Mangold, who has not played since Week 7, practiced on a limited basis for the first time Friday. 

The complete report:


WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
QB Tom Brady (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
TE Rob Gronkowski (chest)
WR Chris Hogan (back)
CB Cyrus Jones (illness)


DB Nick Marshall (ankle)
DB Marcus Williams (ankle)

OL Nick Mangold (ankle)
DL Steve McLendon (hamstring)

LB Bruce Carter (quad)
WR Quincy Enunwa (neck)
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (knee)
RB Matt Forte (knee)
OL Breno Giacomini (shoulder)
WR Brandon Marshall (foot)
LB Josh Martin (concussion)
DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)

'Leprechaun' Gronk dropping more hints about future plans - sort of

'Leprechaun' Gronk dropping more hints about future plans - sort of

Rob Gronkowski, decked out in his finest St. Patrick's Day duds over the weekend in Nashville, reportedly tried to shed some light on his NFL future.

Of course, while Gronk was doing Gronk things, he told a Patriots fan one thing and a reporter another.

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AFC East is starting to prepare for post-Brady life

AFC East is starting to prepare for post-Brady life

The Patriots' "direction" never really changes. They're always "going for it" because they're always one of the best teams in the league. 

The rest of the AFC East is usually in flux. The other teams range from hoping for 8-8 to trying to bottom out in hopes of a high draft pick. Yet right now, it seems the stars are aligning and that the Jets, Bills and Dolphins all have the mindset: Change things now and be ready to pounce once Brady is gone. 

The Jets traded up to No. 3 on Saturday, assuring themselves a chance at one of this draft's top quarterbacks. The Bills, with picks Nos. 12 and 22, are expected by pundits to make a similar move up. The Dolphins, fresh off cutting bait with Ndamukong Suh in an attempt at a culture change, have the 11th pick and could use it on a quarterback to either push or replace Ryan Tannehill. 

None of the three teams are close to pushing the Patriots as long as Brady's around, even with the Bills coming off a season in which they reached the playoffs. Yet there's a two-or-three-year plan on which all three teams could have designs: Get the quarterback now, build around him and be in a good situation by the time Brady is done. 

We've seen these teams try to rebuild before during the Brady Era, with only limited success. Mark Sanchez worked out better in New York than anyone could have initially expected, but that success lasted way shorter than any believers could have hoped. Now, it seems they try again. 

Over in Buffalo, the end of the Tyrod Taylor era hardly means the beginning of the Nathan Peterman era. Those two first-rounders should easily be able to get the Bills into the top five, and they've also got two second-rounders and two third-rounders. Hell, they have the pieces to get to No. 1 if Cleveland is bold enough to pass on their choice of Darnold/Rosen/Allen/Mayfield. 

The Dolphins are in the more interesting spot. Tannehill missed all of last season and he's 29. If you're six years into your career and your team still isn't totally sure if you can be one of the better QBs in the league, you probably aren't one of the better QBs in the league. At the very least, Lamar Jackson should be there at No. 11. They could also trade up. 

At the start of last season, the Patriots had far and away the two best QBs in the AFC East. Now, it stands to reason that at least two of their divisional opponents (the Jets and Bills) will come away with what they hope are franchise quarterbacks. And if any of these guys hit, the Pats will have gone from the best QB situation in the NFL to seeing some actual competition waiting for them by the time their own quarterback is done. 

Of course, all three of these teams usually suck at everything, so it shouldn't be a big deal.