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Patriots injury report: Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski questionable for Jets

The Pats face a big AFC East battle on Sunday, and their top two tight ends are still recovering from injuries.

Otto Greule Jr

New England Patriots tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Hernandez played for the first time last week since injuring his ankle in Week 2, but wasn't at full speed. Gronkowski has been playing through a hip issue all season, so it seems likely that he will play.

Three players are listed as out for the Pats, including running back Brandon Bolden, safety Steve Gregory and linebacker Tracy White.

The Jets will most likely be without defensive linemen Kenrick Ellis and Sione Pouha on Sunday. That should be a good sign for a Patriots offense that struggled to get the running game going in a loss to the Seahawks.

New York may also be thin at running back, as Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell both missed practice on Friday. McKnight is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, while Powell is doubtful with a shoulder issue. Quarterback Tim Tebow may be asked to line up at running back for some snaps to fill the void.

Full injury reports for both teams:



Kendrick Ellis DL Knee (DNP)

Sione Pouha DL Low Back (LP)

Bilal Powell RB Shoulder (DNP)

Eric Smith DB Knee (DNP)


Clyde Gates WR Shoulder (LP)

Nick Mangold OL Ankle (LP)

Joe McKnight RB Ankle (DNP)


Stephen Hill WR Hamstring (FP)

Dustin Keller TE Hamstring (FP)

Jeremy Kerley WR Finger (FP)

LaRon Landry DB Heel (FP)

Brandon Moore OL Hip (FP)

Calvin Pace LB Shoulder (FP)

Mark Sanchez QB Low Back (FP)

Matt Slauson OL Knee (FP)

Bart Scott LB Toe (LP)

Bryan Thomas LB Hamstring (LP)



Brandon Bolden RB Knee (DNP)

Steve Gregory S Hip (DNP)

Tracy White LB Foot (DNP)


Rob Brace DL Back (LP)

Patrick Chung S Shoulder (LP)

Julian Edelman WR Hand (LP)

Rob Gronkowski TE Hip (LP)

Aaron Hernandez TE Ankle (LP)

Dont'a Hightower LB Hamstring (LP)

Logan Mankins G Calf/Hip

Nick McDonald OL Shoulder (LP)

Sterling Moore CB Knee (LP)

Sebastian Vollmer OT Back/Knee (LP)

Wes Welker WR Ankle (LP)


Kyle Love DT Knee (FP)