A week before the Super Bowl starts each team is required to share their injury reports whether they are probable, questionable, doubtful or out.
The New England Patriots have over 15 players who are probable or doubtful. I’ll share who those are in a minute because they don’t matter as nearly as much as the injury to Rob Grankowski.
If you remember, Sam was out for about four weeks, tried to come back in for two, played miserably and then sat out for the rest of the season. Grankowski is expected to play, but you have to wonder how effective he will be.
He came back into that game against the Ravens about five minutes after he injured it, but was held out of practice on Thursday and Friday and was seen walking around in a boot. Next week we’ll see if he gets out and practices.
Here’s the full list for the Patriots of players who are questionable:
- WR Deion Branch (knee)
- OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
- S Patrick Chung (knee)
- LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
- S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
- DL Kyle Love (anke)
- G Logan Mankins (knee)
- LB Rob Ninkovich (hip)
- OT Nate Solder (concussion)
- Brandon Spikes (knee)
- OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)
- WR Wes Welker (knee)
- LB Tracy White (abdomen).
And these players were probable:
- C Dan Connolly (groin)
- WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
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