Based on Friday’s injury report, there’s a chance some key players for the Patriots may have to sit out Sunday’s AFC title game in Denver.
Given all of the choices, it’s anybody’s guess which of them might actually be in jeopardy of missing the game. The Patriots had 16 limited participants in practice the last two days and all of them drew the questionable tag for the Broncos.
Linebacker is a particularly questionable spot. Darius Fleming (back/shin), Jonathan Freeny (hand), Dont’a Hightower (knee) and Jamie Collins (back) are all on the injury list and Jerod Mayo has already been placed on injured reserve. The Patriots missed Collins and Hightower a great deal in the second half of the regular season loss to Denver.
Defensive ends Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) and Rob Ninkovich (shin) make for further uncertainty in the front seven.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (foot), tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee/back) and tackle Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) all played against the Chiefs last week without aappearing to suffer any setbacks. Center Bryan Stork (ankle) left last Sunday’s win for a brief period and guard Tre’ Jackson (knee) missed the game altogether.
Tight end Scott Chandler (knee), defensive back Nate Ebner (hand), special teamer Matthew Slater (shin) and tackle LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) round out the questionable group.
There are probably a handful of probable players mixed in that group and there were five that actually drew the designation, including quarterback Tom Brady (ankle).