FOXBORO (WGGB) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola are inactive for Thursday’s home opener against the New York Jets. And this likely will not be the last game the two miss.
The team says Gronkowski is targeting a Week 4 return, as he recovers from offseason surgeries on his arm and back. With rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld also inactive (hamstring), Tom Brady’s receiving corps is depleted. But for injury-proned newcomer Amendola, the wait could be even longer.
NFL.com is reporting that Amendola could be sidelined for 2 to 6 weeks with a groin injury. Though it’s a broad timeline typical off the Patriots injury reports, it means the durability issues continue with the speedy wide receiver.
Amendola has now missed 21 of his last 34 games, after missing much of last season with the St. Louis Rams last season with a broken collar bone.
Amendola had 10 receptions for 104 yards in his Week 1 debut with the Patriots, in their 23-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Wide Receiver Julian Edelman will take over as Tom Brady’s main target Thursday against the Jets. Edelman had 7 receptions and two touchdowns in Week 1.
Also inactive are Patriots running back Brandon Bolden, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, offensive lineman Will Svitek and defensive tackle Chris Jones.