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Gronk added to Pats' injury report; Edelman, Hernandez out

By Jay Skurski

The New England Patriots' injury report has a new addition today: tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Amherst native is listed as questionable for Sunday's game with a hip injury after practicing on a limited basis this afternoon.

New England will be without receiver Julian Edelman (hand) and tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) for the game after both were ruled out. Edelman missed the second half of last Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens after being hurt. His absence is a big one for the Patriots -- he had earned a starting role.

In addition to Gronkowski, the Patriots list nine other players as questionable. They are: Defensive end Brandon Deaderick (ankle), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), defensive tackle Justin Francis (ankle), defensive tackle Kyle Love (knee), guard Logan Mankins (hip), offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder), cornerback Sterling Moore (knee), running back Shane Vereen (foot) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back). Deaderick and Mankins did not practice today, the rest were limited.

Mankins did not practice all week, for more on the significance of that check out this post from Tim Graham.

The Bills will be without receiver Ruvell Martin because of an ankle injury. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (groin) is probable. As Mark Gaughan reported earlier, running backs Fred Jackson (knee) and C.J. Spiller (shoulder) are questionable.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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