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.