Injury Report: Divisional Thursday (AFC)
It’s time to address the elephant in the room. Some weird stuff is going on during the New England Patriot’s bye week.
From Chandler Jones’ mysterious visit to the hospital on Sunday, to Bill Belichick’s mysterious black eye on Monday, this just doesn’t seem like the tough and hardened Patriots who used to be the epitome of good behavior (Aaron Hernandez).
Regardless, those issues I mentioned earlier won’t have any bearing on the game besides us here in the media making it an issue. The true story is that of Rob Gronkowski, who is having back and knee issues. This is a problem, as we still do not know how Julien Edelman will play since he was out since week 10.
Other than those two, it looks like the patriots will have most of their starters back, including Danny Amendola, Chandler Jones, and half of the Starting offensive Line.
On the other side of the field, Jeremy Maclin still has not practiced with that Ankle injury he sustained during the Wild Card round last week. It is looking like he will not play against the Pats. Tamba Hali did not practice as well.
Good news for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Ben Roethlistberger practiced again today with a separated right shoulder. We will know more on Friday about his status. Antonio Brown has not passed protocol and is doubtful to play on Sunday with a concussion.
The Denver Broncos will be getting their entire cast back for their postseason opener as Chris Harris, Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, and Peyton Manning returned to practice from their sustaining injuries. Backup Quarterback Brock Osweiler has not practiced this week and is doubtful for sunday.