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Patriots rule out Julian Edelman, Gronkowski questionable

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The Patriots won’t have to answer any questions about the way they are splitting time between Julian Edelman and Wes Welker this weekend.

Edelman has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Bills as a result of the hand injury that’s kept him out of practice all week. That leaves the Patriots with Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Deion Branch and special teams ace Matthew Slater at wideout.

Edelman had seen a rise in his playing time through the first three weeks because the team felt he was a better fit as an outside receiver than Welker. They won’t have that option available to them for this game, which should mean another busy week for Welker. He caught eight passes for 142 yards against the Ravens in last Sunday night’s loss.

The team is also without tight end Aaron Hernandez, of course, and their other star at the position is also ailing. Rob Gronkowski popped up on the injury report for the first time this week with a hip injury and he’s listed as questionable for the game against Buffalo. He was only limited at practice on Friday, which leads us to believe that Gronkowski should be on the field.

Guard Logan Mankins, who missed practice all week, is also questionable with a hip injury. Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer carries the same designation as a result of his back injury.

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22 Responses to “Patriots rule out Julian Edelman, Gronkowski questionable”
  1. buffalose says: Sep 28, 2012 4:48 PM

    Cool

  2. mike5011ad says: Sep 28, 2012 4:51 PM

    1-3?

  3. billsfaninmiami says: Sep 28, 2012 4:51 PM

    Maybe a “W” for them Bills?

  4. blackbug99 says: Sep 28, 2012 5:15 PM

    Are these pre-excuses for the Bills win?

  5. EJ says: Sep 28, 2012 5:21 PM

    Rob Gronkowski will be playing, they wouldn’t come to Buffalo without him.

  6. lew24 says: Sep 28, 2012 5:25 PM

    After all the injuries, they still cut Winslow!

  7. descendency says: Sep 28, 2012 5:28 PM

    The 4th WR is out? Oh noes.

    Patriots 34 Bills 23.

  8. straighcashhomey says: Sep 28, 2012 5:39 PM

    SJ39- when will you comment on this update? Only a matter of time. We beat up your “greatest show on earth” in Super Bowl and the Rams have been dead since. It is sad you are still following Patriots stories to this day. How is Stepehen Jackson doing? Rams are garbage and are not going anywhere with Fisher. Enjoy your less than .500 team for the next decade. Please keep commenting on Patriot stories. Makes Patriots fans feel good that we decapitated your franchise.

    Kick rocks.

  9. nybostonfan says: Sep 28, 2012 5:39 PM

    Buffalo fan are too funny. Every year the expectations are high and then those expectations are dashed. The Patriots will be victorious this weekend, regardless of who does or does not play.

  10. buffalose says: Sep 28, 2012 6:11 PM

    Yea, damn us for having hope…? Weirdo

  11. cliffclavicle says: Sep 28, 2012 6:51 PM

    Over-ratriots….”dynasty” coming to a close.

  12. wolfmanpatriot says: Sep 28, 2012 6:54 PM

    Windy Buffalo is a tough place for visitors.

    Add to that a strengthened Bills D, and the Pats weakened O line and us Pat fans do have reason for concern.

    Luckily we have BB as coach. This will help.

    Enjoy the game fans.

  13. patsfiend says: Sep 28, 2012 7:07 PM

    The games against Buffalo have for the most part been tougher than the W-L report would indicate. Expecting a tough one up in Orchard Park for the Pats.

  14. randallflagg52 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:14 PM

    The wheels are falling off.

  15. sschmiggles says: Sep 28, 2012 7:18 PM

    Pats don’t need excuses. We still have Lloyd, Welker, Branch, Gronkowski, and Ridley. Fells should also see playing in this game.

    Even without Hernandez and Edelman, that’s a formidable offense as long as the o-line can hold up.

  16. randallflagg52 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:49 PM

    Oh, in addition to the patriots losing to the Ravens, how bout those sox? Guess boston can’t get enough of losing to Baltimore.

  17. billsin20xx says: Sep 28, 2012 8:15 PM

    This is another of Bill “cheater” belichek’s mind games (which do usually work against the bills…).

    Does anyone really think Gronkowski will sit out a game in his home town?

  18. catquick says: Sep 28, 2012 8:30 PM

    Grok is a Buffalo homeboy. No way he misses this game. How effective he is is another story.

  19. swagger52 says: Sep 29, 2012 12:48 AM

    Too bad the Patriots don’t play in the AFC North. They can rest up now playing in the AFC Least.

  20. omegaichiban says: Sep 29, 2012 1:00 AM

    when Welker went down two years ago, Edelman stepped in and put up a buck fifteen or so. I never really saw where Wes had room to fuss.

  21. flash1283 says: Sep 29, 2012 4:23 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Sep 29, 2012 12:48 AM
    Too bad the Patriots don’t play in the AFC North. They can rest up now playing in the AFC Least.

    0 0
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    Yeah the big bad AFC North, the Patriots are 24-5 vs the AFC North since 2001.

    That includes being 6-2 vs PiT and 7-2 vs the Ravens

  22. keepounding1234 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:34 AM

    cliffclavicle says:
    Sep 28, 2012 6:51 PM
    Over-ratriots….”dynasty” coming to a close.

    So you admit they are a dynasty?

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