Before this week, questions about WR Danny Amendola dealt mostly with whether he’d be able to play after the team’s bye week in week nine. Nobody thought the bigger question might be whether he’d be on the field Sunday in London.
But that’s the reality two days before the game. After traveling with the team to London, Amendola was a limited participant in practice all week and has surprisingly been classified as questionable for Sunday. Questionable, by the NFL’s definition, means the player has a 50-50 chance of playing.
It would be a remarkable recovery for Amendola after he suffered a dislocated clavicle in the Oct. 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals. While it’s still not expected that Amendola will see the field, even being able to practice less than three weeks after the injury is promising for his prospects after the bye.
Aside from Amendola, LB Mario Haggan (thigh), T Wayne Hunter (back), DT Matt Conrath (knee) and TE Mike McNeill (knee) are also questionable. Hunter, who has been filling in at left tackle while Rodger Saffold is out, didn’t practice all week but has played previously this season after missing the week of practice. If Hunter is unable to go, T Joe Barksdale, who started in place of Hunter last week, will likely start.
Out this week are DE Eugene Sims (knee) and Saffold, who is still plagued with a knee injury. Brandon Gibson missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness, but he was a full participant Thursday and Friday and is probable for the game.
On the Patriots side, 19 players were listed on Friday’s injury report. Multiple starters, including TE Rob Gronkowski, LBs Jerod Mayo and Dont’a Hightower, WRs Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, and G Logan Mankins, are listed as questionable for the game. The Patriots are notoriously coy with their injury lists, most famously with QB Tom Brady often being labeled as probable with a right shoulder injury even though he would practice fully throughout the week.
Some of the Patriots’ injuries are very legitimate, though. TE Aaron Hernandez, the other half of the Patriots dangerous tight end duo, has been ruled out for Sunday with an ankle injury. And both starting safeties, Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung, are also out, meaning rookies Nate Ebner and Tavon Wilson will likely start. Wilson, a University of Illinois graduate, has two interceptions and two fumble recoveries filling in for Gregory this season.