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No Gronkowski this week, but Amendola made the trip

Ivan Fears, Rob Gronkowski AP

There was a lot of connect-the-dots when the Patriots released tight end Zach Sudfeld this week, but the Patriots aren’t replacing him with a better tight end this week.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Rob Gronkowski did not fly with the Patriots to Cincinnati and won’t play tomorrow.

Wide receiver Danny Amendola, however, did make the trip, and is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game.

While getting Amendola would help, the Patriots are rapidly approaching the reality that they’ve wasted a roster spot on Gronkowski the last five weeks. Had he stayed on reserve/PUP, he’d have been able to come back after six. So unless he’s back on the field Oct. 13 against the Saints, they’ve just been dragging him around to be inactive when they could have used the spot on someone able to play.

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29 Responses to “No Gronkowski this week, but Amendola made the trip”
  1. Jon DiPietro says: Oct 5, 2013 3:06 PM

    “Had he stayed on reserve/PUP, he’d have been able to come back after six. So unless he’s back on the field Oct. 13 against the Saints, they’ve just been dragging him around to be inactive when they could have used the spot on someone able to play.”

    Yes but he wouldn’t have been able to practice until after week 3. Putting him on the roster allowed him to practice with the team and get started on his football conditioning.

  2. IbelieveinSantaClaus says: Oct 5, 2013 3:07 PM

    Mr. Gantt, when you say ” the Patriots are rapidly approaching the reality that they’ve wasted a roster spot on Gronkowski the last five weeks”, what do you exactly mean? Who do you have in mind?

  3. gilvick1 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:09 PM

    Amendola stat line: 6 rec: 76 yds 1 td

  4. bennyb82 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:10 PM

    Did Amendola make it off the plane okay?

  5. sf49ers4 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:10 PM

    Not so fast Gantt!

    Gronk has been able to practice more being on the active roster than on the PUP.

    Oh, and the Patriots are 4-0 so looks like they really needed that “other player” who would’ve kept Gronk’s roster spot warm.

  6. all4patriots says: Oct 5, 2013 3:11 PM

    so they could bw 4-0 instead of…

    4-0?

    Plus this way he has practiced for weeks, & PUP doesn’t allow him to practice

  7. bucfanforlife says: Oct 5, 2013 3:13 PM

    whoever wrote that I believe you are wrong about that because I don’t think you are allowed to practice with the team if on pup. he has been getting valuable reps, and will be perfectly good to go when he plays

  8. bennyb82 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:13 PM

    Regarding the “wasted” spot taken up by Gronkowski…I am pretty sure there was nobody they could have added instead of Gronk that would have given them a better record.

  9. castleanthrax says: Oct 5, 2013 3:14 PM

    He wouldn’t have been ably to practice with the team. It was still helpful regardless.
    4 and 0 helps as well. This will end up working better for both the team and player.

  10. #nastyswaggedout says: Oct 5, 2013 3:23 PM

    Don’t they have a couple of open roster spots anyways? Doubt they were hard pressed to fill his spot.

  11. geofferystevens says: Oct 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    Amendola made it off the plane just fine. The tweaked hamstring happened getting out of the bed in the morning.

  12. dboldave says: Oct 5, 2013 3:38 PM

    If they had put Gronk on IR, they could be 5-0 right now. Such a waste!

  13. strokinmyego says: Oct 5, 2013 3:40 PM

    “While getting Amendola would help, the Patriots are rapidly approaching the reality that they’ve wasted a roster spot on Gronkowski the last five weeks.”

    As others have pointed out this really is an incorrect statement on multiple levels. Gronkowski would not have been able to practice at all until after week six if they put him onto the PUP list. This whole process of getting Gronk assimilated and comfortable would have been starting sometime after week six instead of before week one.

    Gronk’s been getting hit, taking reps with Brady and the starting offense, blocking (while using his forearm), and getting into football shape by running around with the team.

    Glazer says he’s been targeting a week six return. Glazer is just about the most accurate reporter out there so I’d say there’s a good chance he’s back next week. With the Patriots at 4-0 there is no need to rush him. They can afford to let him come back when he feels 100% ready.

  14. raz75reb says: Oct 5, 2013 3:49 PM

    Even if he doesn’t come back, he’s been able to practice, which he can’t do on PUP. Also, we’re talking about the bottom of the roster player v. the possibility of having a elite player. Risk worth taking.

  15. natijim235 says: Oct 5, 2013 3:51 PM

    only fans that care are NE fans – bengals have a few starters not playing this week due to injury too

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 5, 2013 3:53 PM

    Wow!

    The patriots are lucky Cincinnati has a bunch of injuries in their above average defensive secondary.

  17. akshunj says: Oct 5, 2013 4:05 PM

    Amendola and Collie… if they could just stay on the field that’s a formidable receiving duo.

  18. northstarnic says: Oct 5, 2013 4:09 PM

    Seriously. Does anyone else want to point out how/why this article presented an inaccurate perspective on the Pat’s handling of the Gronk situation? Is there an echo in here?

  19. svn2011 says: Oct 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    This is the 2nd time in as many weeks PFT has mentioned patriots wasting a roster spot. Check the details . And they can do as they please because they know what is best for them. How would they know week 1 that he would ready week 4 ? Its an injury and he needs to make full recovery.

  20. ejvyas says: Oct 5, 2013 4:15 PM

    You dont know whether he is playing or no until Pats take field. Making trip is not equal to not playing

  21. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 5, 2013 4:20 PM

    I here that northstar. I wish people would read the comments before saying the same thing over and over. At least add a twistnor some additional insigjt, depth, instead of doing a polly wanna cracker routine.

  22. marima07 says: Oct 5, 2013 4:22 PM

    Echoing the last 18 responses, this is ridiculous. The Falcons and Bengals had to plan for the Patriots with Gronk and the significantly different offense without him. Plus, as others have pointed out, he’s had the advantage of practicing with the team.

    Besides, why give real threat New Orleans any film of how Gronk fits into the new offense, if they don’t have to?

    Of course, if they were 0-4 instead of 4-0 we’d be having a different conversation.

  23. denverwally says: Oct 5, 2013 5:12 PM

    Yea, the Pats totally screwed this one up! They could have put him on the PUP and had that oh-so-valuable 53 roster spot for a really imortant player who would have made such a big difference between a 4-0 record and a 4-0 record. Then they could have activated Gronk after week 6 and waited another 3 weeks until he was back in condition since he had not been practicing with the team while on the PUP.

    Another stupid observation.

  24. 15starr says: Oct 5, 2013 5:24 PM

    Wasted a roster spot? Obviously it wasn’t a… O wait, this was said 30 times already.

  25. voddyt says: Oct 5, 2013 5:28 PM

    Stupid observations are Gantt’s specialty…

  26. TheWizard says: Oct 5, 2013 5:34 PM

    I guess they expect Belichick to have psychic abilities on how long Gronk was going to be out.

    It was a gamble from the beginning, and I’m sure the 4-0 is allowing them to be more cautious than perhaps 0-4 would have.

  27. metintodd says: Oct 5, 2013 6:29 PM

    I’m really tired of Gronk at this point. Who needs this drama every week? Should they trade him? Is he afraid to play? Is his dad holding the team hostage? Is he just not committed to football anymore? So many questions. So few answers. He clearly should be playing. Patriots must be disgusted with him.

  28. detroit20iron says: Oct 5, 2013 6:55 PM

    I don’t understand what you mean Danny boy. The team is 4-0. Least Gronk could do a little practice.

  29. thebigtebowski says: Oct 6, 2013 6:51 AM

    Gronk is ruining my fantasy football season

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