Every indication this week has been that the Patriots were going to be without both wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski, and nothing in the final injury report suggests otherwise.
Both players were listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game with the Jets. That translates to a 25 percent chance of playing, though it generally means the percentage is lower than that.
Amendola’s groin injury will only bring up all the old doubts about his durability, as he’s played in 16 games exactly once in his career.
The Patriots also listed running back Brandon Bolden (knee), wide receiver Aaron Dobson (hamstring), wide receiver Matthew Slater (knee), tight end Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) and running back Leon Washington (thigh) as questionable.
Given the short-handedness of the Patriots’ offense at the moment, if you’re 50-50, you’re probably close enough to play.