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Reports: Gronkowski will play, but Mankins won’t

Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Lloyd AP

We covered the Patriots adding another offensive lineman earlier on Saturday and speculated that Matt Tennant is on the roster because one of the team’s three questionable offensive linemen wouldn’t be able to play against the Bills on Sunday.

It looks like that’s the case. Tom Curran of CSNNewEngland.com reports that left guard Logan Mankins did not make the trip to Buffalo with the rest of the team and will therefore be out of the lineup. Mankins has been bothered by a hip injury that kept him out of practice all week. Donald Thomas will likely start in Mankins’ place on Sunday.

There’s better news about another member of the Pats listed as questionable with a hip injury. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that tight end Rob Gronkowski will be available on Sunday. Gronkowski popped up on the injury report Friday after he was a limited participant in the team’s practice. He was able to go full on Tuesday and Wednesday, though, and it seems that whatever slowed him down at the end of the week won’t be enough to keep him out of the game.

With Aaron Hernandez out, the Patriots couldn’t really afford to be without Gronkowski for a game that they need to win to avoid a 1-3 start to a season they entered as favorites in the AFC East.

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27 Responses to “Reports: Gronkowski will play, but Mankins won’t”
  1. nyjets1017 says: Sep 29, 2012 7:18 PM

    Maybe Mario Williams can get a sack or two this game.

  2. Remixed says: Sep 29, 2012 7:29 PM

    @nyjets1017 Maybe Darrelle Revis will get another pick this season. Mario Williams has been a huge factor these last two weeks, in fact everyone on the line had a sack last week, he had 1.5 . Everybody has there attention focused on Williams and it gets others through the line.

  3. fearthehoody says: Sep 29, 2012 7:57 PM

    Get Gronked Up! 6 Rec 102 yds 2 tds for Gronk Sunday

  4. herlies says: Sep 29, 2012 8:01 PM

    Tom just isn’t the same QB when his OL isn’t mauling people.

    Zero mobility? Better have a dominant line.

  5. jams56 says: Sep 29, 2012 8:05 PM

    Maybe Tebow can be a factor this week.

  6. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 29, 2012 8:05 PM

    “Mario Williams has been a huge factor these last two weeks.”

    Against the mighty Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs?

  7. jetsfaninjersey says: Sep 29, 2012 8:16 PM

    would love to see the Bills put the Pats in a 1-3 start. The best so called D line in football needs to have a big game against Brady…

  8. catquick says: Sep 29, 2012 8:35 PM

    Brady better get the ball out in under 2 seconds or he won’t make the trip next week.

  9. andrewfbrowne says: Sep 29, 2012 8:37 PM

    The o line of the Pats is becoming a big concern for them, the Bills front four has looked dominant the last two weeks and Bills have 9 sacks in their last two. Look for Kyle Williams to have another dominant game. It is not Mario Williams the Pats need to worry about, it the interior of the Bills D line. Missing Mankins will hurt Pats. Best way to beat Brady is to put pressure in his face, and that suddenly got easier to do.

  10. titanofny says: Sep 29, 2012 9:26 PM

    Wow bills looked dominant against the chiefs and the browns……big accomplishment!!

  11. billsboy88 says: Sep 29, 2012 9:46 PM

    “against the mighty Cleveland browns and Kansas city chiefs?”

    This just in, apparently playing well only matters when your opponent is picked to win. If you are favored, it doesn’t matter what you do.

    Seriously, this is the NFL, every guy in the league is an amazing freak athlete. Ever heard the saying “any given Sunday?” it’s not just a bad Pacino movie you kno.

  12. micronin127 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:11 PM

    The line has been poor at times (4th quarter against Ravens) and good at times (Titans game, 1st half against Ravens).

    If they can’t hold up, it could be ‘duck and chuck’ followed by ‘dink and dunk’, followed by let’s force feed the running game.

    This season more than any other in recent years, the Patriots will go as far as the defense takes them.

  13. 1zzo says: Sep 29, 2012 10:19 PM

    Idk why the Patsie fans are poo poo-ing on beating the Chiefs…they have the same record as the Pats. And as bad as the Browns are, their D is alright, and they’re only a game different than the Pats.
    NE, this is 2012, and you are 1-2. Get used to it. This is your future.

  14. skoobyfl says: Sep 29, 2012 10:32 PM

    Plan on lots of short / quick passes tomorrow from Tom.

  15. tommyo95 says: Sep 29, 2012 10:45 PM

    For the mighty browns and chiefs comments I do recall that the browns were a dropped td away from beating the ravens. Close game with a good cincy team. The chiefs beat the saints the following week. Maybe they aren’t the same saints of old , but they still have a guy by the name of drew Brees.

  16. chasewalshsl says: Sep 29, 2012 10:58 PM

    Good news for the Bills d-line with Logan ‘Incognito’ Mankins not playing.

  17. joecoz17 says: Sep 29, 2012 11:02 PM

    K Williams: 3 Sacks
    M Dareus: 2.5 Sacks
    M Williams 1.5 Sack
    Anderson 1 sack

    Gonna be a rough day for the pats oline

  18. billsfan1 says: Sep 29, 2012 11:20 PM

    Against the mighty Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs?

    If that is true and Buffalo is not very good, and we know Miami isnt very good, well arent those the two teams NY beat?
    just asking

  19. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 29, 2012 11:39 PM

    “This just in, apparently playing well only matters when your opponent is picked to win. If you are favored, it doesn’t matter what you do. ”

    No, this just in, in order to be considered a good team, you have to demonstrate the ability to beat a good team.

    The only good/decent team the Bills played is the Jets, and they were annihilated.

    Therefore, you’ll have to excuse the fanbases of the other 31 teams in the NFL if they’re not exactly impressed by the Bills looking good against two bottom-5 teams in the NFL.

    But hey – if you guys lose to the Patriots tomorrow, you can always just blame injury like you did last year, as if the Bills are the only team to suffer injury each year.

  20. ridleymethis says: Sep 30, 2012 12:41 AM

    Really? beating the browns is just as good as beating new england? really?

    also the term ‘any given Sunday’ is used when bad teams beat good teams.

    Is that how bad things have gotten up there?

  21. illadelphiasphinest says: Sep 30, 2012 1:22 AM

    Guess he partied a bit to hard this summer cause hes M.I.A. so far this season. Hybernation season of Gronk.

  22. lanman11 says: Sep 30, 2012 2:38 AM

    Edleman and Hernandez are out. Gronk isn’t 100%. The Bills will blanket Welker. With the interior of the line in tough shape, they will push the middle of the pocket. There will be little time to throw and few people to throw it to. Unless the Patriots have a surprise up their sleeves, they are going to have to have their best day running the ball in years (but see o-line woes). I’ll count screens as running plays. It may have to be the defense and Gostkowski pulling this one out.

  23. pondbridge says: Sep 30, 2012 2:55 AM

    Is BB’s sense of his own genius the reason why glaring problems apparent to anyone are addressed two years too late? First the D-backfield, then the linebackers/DEs, now the OL. Do the Pats have to become 31st rank in terms of protecting the QB before things are done.. sometimes in 2014? Brady always follows the company line, but he must be livid.

  24. borisbulldog says: Sep 30, 2012 4:47 AM

    I believe the Pats are done!

    Belicheats grabbing of an official will doom the team this year!

  25. borisbulldog says: Sep 30, 2012 4:55 AM

    Gawd I can’t wait until the Pats crap their pants again in the post season!

    Who will Giselle blame this time?

  26. jrcoop says: Sep 30, 2012 9:19 AM

    I said in the preseason the O-line was reason for concern, and to think otherwise was delusional. I recall the response wasn’t favorable. I guess we’ll see today if the ether is wearing off yet.

  27. lanman11 says: Sep 30, 2012 5:41 PM

    OK, so I “missed” on Gostkowski….but the running game and defense was right on. :)

    **********************
    Edleman and Hernandez are out. Gronk isn’t 100%. The Bills will blanket Welker. With the interior of the line in tough shape, they will push the middle of the pocket. There will be little time to throw and few people to throw it to. Unless the Patriots have a surprise up their sleeves, they are going to have to have their best day running the ball in years (but see o-line woes). I’ll count screens as running plays. It may have to be the defense and Gostkowski pulling this one out.

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