Patriots Notebook: Allen (knee) ruled out, but Gronkowski sounds ready to roll – ‘I feel good’

(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

So after all the drama, the injury report offered pretty much the same scenario we saw at the start of the week, with the only guy officially ruled out being tight end Dwayne Allen.

Here's the official report, as released by the Patriots earlier Friday afternoon.

As for Brady's health, Greg's report here details why he wasn't on the field Friday afternoon.

After spending time around the team much of the week, I'd be shocked if any of those listed as "questionable" end up sitting Sunday against the Jets. It's also worth mentioning Sunday will likely represent a terrific opportunity for Jacob Hollister -- who appears to be as healthy as possible at this stage of the year -- to work as a complementary piece of the offensive puzzle to Rob Gronkowski..

Gronkowski met the media on Friday afternoon and sounded a seriously optimistic note about his health at this stage of the season.

"I feel good. I’m ready to go," said Gronkowski, who last played Oct. 29 in Buffalo. "Sunday afternoon in New York, it’s going to be a hostile environment. It always is. They’re a good team. They play hard. I mean, I can’t recall a game where I would say they haven’t played hard in my nine years playing them. So it’ll be a good one. It’ll be a tough one, but it’ll be a good one again."

Gronkowski was also asked about Brady.

Q: Did you catch any passes from Tom Brady today?

RG: Yeah. Didn’t tell you where though. Could have been on the field, could have been in the locker room.

Q: Was it on the field?

RG: I don’t know.

Q: You forgot already?

RG: That was a trick question by asking me that. Yeah, I forgot.


As for the Jets, the biggest news involving their injury report involves rookie quarterback Sam Darnold being officially ruled out. It'll prevent us from seeing history, at least for now.


A day after popping up on the injury report as "limited" with a knee issue, Brady was not spotted at the start of Friday's workout, according to those on the scene.

Brady, who showed up on the injury report for the first time on Wednesday, hasn't missed a game this season. The quarterback is scheduled to hold his weekly press conference after practice later Friday.

Usually, players who miss practice on Friday are not expected to play on Sunday. (Allen was also not present, and is not expected to suit up for the Jets game.) But let's be honest here -- Brady will play. This is not where things will come crashing to a halt. Truthfully, if the knee is a serious thing, it could limit some of what they want to accomplish offensively. It could also explain some of the stuff we saw late against the Titans that Greg was wondering about here -- that when it came to the quarterback, a health issue was impacting his delivery, technique, footwork, etc. If it is the knee, it would explain some of the issues.

It's believed the veteran QB suffered the injury on the play where he caught a pass from Julian Edelman against the Titans.

Brian Hoyer and Danny Etling were the two quarterbacks left on the field at the start of the workout.