FOXBORO — The Patriots will be without their top two tight ends and their top receiver when they take on the Jets Thursday night as Zach Sudfeld (hamstring), Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) and Danny Amendola (groin) are all inactive.

Amendola is missing the game after re-injuring his groin last Sunday while Gronkowski is out again as he recovers from offseason back and forearm surgeries.

FOXBORO — Danny Amendola will miss between two and six weeks of action after tweaking a groin injury in the season-opening win over the Bills last Sunday, according to a report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Amendola was listed on the first injury report of the season with a groin injury and played with no apparent issues in the first quarter. But on a crossing route in the end zone late in the second quarter Sunday, he reached for his groin and sat out the remainder of the half.

FOXBORO — Warm and humid conditions are expected for the home opener at Gillette Stadium as the Patriots battle the Jets at 8:25 p.m.

Temperatures are expected in the low 70s with humidity around 85 percent and a southerly breeze at 15 MPH at kickoff. Skies are expected to be mostly clear at the start but that could change drastically later on as there is a chance of severe weather rolling through the Foxboro area.

There is a 40 percent chance of severe thunderstorms at 11 p.m., with temperatures hovering around 70.

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The Patriots picked up rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones off waivers Wednesday from Tampa.

A sixth-round pick out of Bowling Green by the Texans, he was released by Houston on Aug. 31. The 6-foot-1, 302-pounder gives New England more depth at defensive tackle, and figures to be alongside Joe Vellano when it comes to competing for playing time behind starters Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly.

FOXBORO — When it comes to injury news, Patriots fans are looking for the slightest glimmer of hope.

And a slight glimmer is exactly what they got on Wednesday as Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski were not officially ruled out for Thursday night’s home opener against the Jets at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots have made overtures to wide receiver Brandon Lloyd regarding a possible return to Foxboro, according to Pro Football Talk.

New England is one of six teams that have reportedly reached out to Lloyd about returning for the 2013 season, but the receiver — who was cut by the Patriots this past spring after one year in Foxboro — has rejected all offers, and is apparently considering whether or not he wants to retire.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady is sticking with Stevan Ridley.



Rex Ryan has toned down his act over the years, but the stories of his motivational techniques — especially when it comes to Patriots-Jets game — are the stuff of legend.

Former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson told NFL Network on Tuesday night that there was one occasion where he told his players he was going to punch New England coach Bill Belichick in the face.

FOXBORO — The Patriots went through a walkthrough on Tuesday in advance of Thursday night’s game at Gillette Stadium against the Jets, and listed nine players as limited — the same group that was limited at Monday’s walkthrough. It was a group that included wide receivers Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson, as well as rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld.