Wide receiver Danny Amendola completed a week's worth of practice (though limited) and feels much better after suffering a groin injury during the regular season opener. Amendola, who has missed three consecutive games with the injury, is listed as questionable heading into this weekend's AFC battle against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"Had a good day today," Amendola told reporters following practice via ESPN. "Had a good practice, ran around, made some plays and looking forward to Sunday, so we'll see."
Rookie receivers Aaron Dobson (neck) and Kenbrell Thompkins (shoulder) joined Amendola as questionable on the final injury report after being limited this week. Dobson is feeling better after a tackle against the Atlanta Falcons awkwardly bent his neck and head.
"I’m feeling better," Dobson said via the Boston Herald. "I’m just taking it day to day. I’m definitely feeling better than I was."
Second-team wide receiver Matt Slater (knee) is listed as doubtful after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday before a limited session on Friday. New England signed wide receiver Austin Collie in response to the team's infirmary situation at wide receiver.
Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski is also listed as questionable, but one source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that he's "not confident" that Gronkowski plays, confirmed by the Boston Herald.
"When I'm ready, I'm ready," Gronkowski told reporters Wednesday. "I mean, if it's this Sunday, next Sunday, or the Sunday after, it's just going day-by-day. So I really couldn't tell you when it's going to be. So it's kind of hard to answer that. I'm just progressing every day, working hard every day and feeling better every day. I'm going out to practice, and working as hard as I can, practicing with my teammates."
We worry about Cincinnati and their injuries, but at least the Bengals don't have 28 percent of their 53-man roster listed as out, doubtful or questionable like the New England Patriots. Starting running back Stevan Ridley was declared out on Friday after spending the week sidelined with a knee.
Cincinnati isn't fairing much better in the secondary.
Bengals cornerback Leon Hall and Brandon Ghee are doubtful this weekend and If neither can go, Adam Jones, who has been abused during the first quarter of the season, will start opposite of Terence Newman. Dre Kirkpatrick is questionable, possibly leaving only three healthy cornerbacks with Chris Lewis-Harris. Cincinnati will likely use a safety at nickel, like Chris Crocker who extensive experience there and Taylor Mays, who has added some work at nickel earlier this year against the Packers.