FOXBORO -- The Patriots may be without tight end Rob Gronkowski for the second consecutive week.
According to ESPN Dianna Russini, the team is not expecting to have its All-Pro tight end for this weekend's game against the Jets, and they will be preparing the offense as though he will not be available.
Gronkowski suffered a chest injury during the Patriots' Week 10 loss to the Seahawks, and he did not make the trip to the Bay Area last weekend as he continued the recovery process.
With Gronkowski out, Martellus Bennett played in 74 of a possible 77 snaps against the 49ers. New England's third tight end on the depth chart Matt Lengel saw six snaps in his debut with the team, showing up in the run game with solid work as a blocker.
Johnny Manziel said 10 days ago, "I'd go to New England in a heartbeat," when asked about the Patriots as a potential landing spot.
That seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but they're taking a look at him...along with 12 other NFL teams, according to ESPN's Eric Williams.
Tom Brady's current backup Brian Hoyer is, like Manziel, an ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback. Manziel would again be competing with Hoyer for the Pats' No. 2 job should New England take a chance on "Johnny Football", the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, who's been out of football the past two years because of substance abuse and emotional problems.
FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman had it at 12 teams watching Manziel work out at the University of San Diego and said the Patriots gave Manziel a weigh-in.
The Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal to retain offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Waddle could potentially take over at left tackle for Nate Solder, who signed with the New York Giants.
Waddle, who, along with another ex-Pats offensive tackle, Cameron Fleming, made a free-agent visit last weekend to the Dallas Cowboys, turns 27 in July and was signed from the Detroit Lions in 2016 and appeared in 12 games last season, starting four.
More to come...