Rob Gronkowski posted a video to Instagram on Friday night — apparently after his back surgery — with a walker making his way gingerly down a hallway.

Rob Gronkowski posted a video to Instagram on Friday night — apparently after his back surgery — with a walker making his way gingerly down a hallway.

Rehab day 1! "Can't nobody hold me down… Oo no I got to keep on movin"

A video posted by Rob Gronkowski (@gronk) on

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — It’s a lengthy injury report for the Patriots this week leading into Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Two players were ruled out on Friday in Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Richards. Gronkowski is having back surgery Friday, while Richards missed practice all week with a foot injury.

This is a 2016 photo of Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots NFL football team. This image reflects the New England Patriots active roster as of Wednesday, May 25, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Martellus Bennett

FOXBORO — It’s a lengthy injury report for the Patriots this week leading into Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Two players were ruled out on Friday in Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Richards. Gronkowski is having back surgery Friday, while Richards missed practice all week with a foot injury.

There are nine players listed as questionable, including Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan.

Elandon Roberts popped up on the injury report with a jaw injury and is questionable. After missing Friday’s practice, Matthew Slater is questionable with a foot injury. He missed last week, but practiced Wednesday and Thursday.

After missing Wednesday and Thursday, Nate Ebner was limited Friday with a concussion.

Here is the complete Patriots injury report.

OUT

S Jordan Richards (foot)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee)

QUESTIONABLE

QB Tom Brady (knee)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/ankle)
S/ST Nate Ebner (concussion)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Trey Flowers (shin)
WR Chris Hogan (back)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (illness)
LB Elandon Roberts (jaw)
WR Matthew Slater (foot)

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Darius Kligo was claimed off waivers this week from the Broncos. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Darius Kligo was claimed off waivers this week from the Broncos. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Darius Kilgo seemed to be having a good year with the Broncos, playing in nine games and totaling five tackles, but the team released him on Nov. 25.

Potentially needing another defensive tackle because of the potential suspension of Alan Branch, the Patriots signed Kilgo on Nov. 28.

“It caught me off guard a little bit, but hey, it’s just part of the business,” Kilgo said Friday. “At the end of the day, they had to do what they had to do and I have to do what I have to do. It worked out for the best.”

Added Kilgo: “It was surprising. Coming from Denver and being able to come to another great organization like the Patriots unbelievable. So to have this opportunity to be here is great.”

Kilgo was a sixth-round pick of the Broncos last year out of Maryland. He’s listed at 319 pounds, but looks much thinner, saying he’s down to around 300 pounds. As an interior defensive linemen, he said he will do whatever the team asks.

“Whatever,” he said. “I am just preparing myself for whatever they want to use me as.”

Although Bill Belichick worked him out at Maryland’s Pro Day, Kilgo said he doesn’t know anyone on the Patriots, but they are making him feel welcome.

“It’s been good,” he said. “Everybody here is great. To the players all the way to the administration and coaches. I feel like I walked in and I am welcomed. I feel pretty good.”

Kilgo does know someone the Patriots are very familar with — Aqib Talib.

“He’s a character,” he said. “He might be one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met before. Talib is definitely a character.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Tom Brady has been down this road before.

He’s lost his favorite tight end target to injury in 2012, 2013, last season and even one time already this season. So when the news that Rob Gronkowski would be lost for the rest of the regular season and likely until the Super Bowl, Brady tried to keep a philosophical “next-man-up” attitude.


FOXBORO — Tom Brady has been down this road before.

He’s lost his favorite tight end target to injury in 2012, 2013, last season and even one time already this season. So when the news that Rob Gronkowski would be lost for the rest of the regular season and likely until the Super Bowl, Brady tried to keep a philosophical “next-man-up” attitude.

“That was tough news to hear for everybody because he’s such a big part of our team and what we do and his enthusiasm and energy for the game and what he means to us on the field because he’s such a great player and the kind of leader he is off the field and in the locker room,” Brady said Friday. “It’s a tough loss but we’ve still got a big challenge ahead and we’re going to try to do the best we can do. We’ve got a lot of good players and we’ll be focused on what our job is, which this week is a big test playing the Rams, their defense and what they can do. Everyone is going to have to step their game up.”

Brady admitted that seeing Gronkowski need a third back surgery hits him as a person first and then a teammate.

“He’s been through a lot over the years and he always comes back strong with a great attitude and a great mindset,” Brady said. “I think that’s what everybody expects from him. He’s a great guy. He’s a great teammate. He’s a great friend. He’s a tough guy. He always battles back. And we’ll keep battling without him. We’ve got a lot of tough guys in the locker room, still. See if we can make it a season. We’re off to a good start. We’ve got to keep it going. This is the time of year where we have to play our best football.”

Now Brady must turn to the likes of Martellus Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and running backs Dion Lewis and James White to pick up the slack in the passing game.

“It doesn’t stop for anybody,” Brady said. “The games keep being played and they keep going. I’ve learned that lesson a few times in my career. When you’re out there, you’ve got to appreciate it. When you’re not, you do everything you can to get back. For the guys who have the opportunity to go out there and play this week and are fortunate to play the game, you do it with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm because you don’t know what next week is going to bring. We’ve got to go out there and play a great game. It’s a good time of year to start playing our best football.

“He’s a tough player. There are no guys like Rob, just on the street. It’s hard to sub one guy for one guy but other guys will just have to play. When he comes out of the lineup, someone else has to step in and fill that spot. It may not be a tight end spot, maybe another receiver, another running back, could be tight end. You’ve just got to be determined on what the play is. We still have to go out and execute the plays well. There’s 70 of them in the game and you have to execute all 70 as well as you possibly can. The better players you have, the more consistent players you have, the more you can do that on a consistent basis. There’s going to be a lot of guys trying to do that.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.

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FOXBORO — What’s the very latest on the Rob Gronkowski injury? How are the Patriots responding? WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable have the very latest inside Gillette Stadium.

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