The Patriots are slowly recovering from the injury crisis that left their receiver corps depleted at the beginning of the season, but the status of several key players is still uncertain leading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Danny Amendola played on an injured groin muscle against Buffalo, and he's been out ever since, but it looks as though he could return sooner than expected. Gronkowski is recovering from offseason surgeries to his wrist and back.
TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Danny Amendola are still listed as questionable for Sunday, but both are reportedly very close to full fitness.
Bill Belichick was unwilling to disclose how close Gronkowski and Amendola were to playing in last Sunday's win over Tampa Bay, but the most recent news out of Foxborough makes it sound likely that at least Amendola will play against Atlanta.
Taking all the latest updates into consideration, here's how likely we are to see Amendola and Gronkowski play this weekend:
Danny Amendola: 80% chance of playing. Amendola's latest injury update makes it sound highly likely that he'll be back in action sooner rather than later. If he does play on Sunday, don't expect him to play every down - his playing time will depend on how he looks and feels.
Rob Gronkowski: 60% chance of playing. Gronk is making progress, but he's dealing with a more serious recovery than Amendola and the latest reports haven't been conclusive. Still, most people pegged week 4 as Gronkowski's most likely return date before the season began, and the Patriots could let him play a series or two and play it by ear.
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