The Patriots made it official today, ruling tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive end Chandler Jones, and offensive guard Logan Mankins out for Thursday night’s game at the New York Jets.
None of the three were expected to play, so the moves were a formality. Gronkowski broke his forearm last Sunday against the Colts, while Jones left the game with an ankle injury and did not return. Mankins has been out with ankle and calf injuries.
There are 13 Patriots listed as questionable, all of whom were limited in practice this week. They are: defensive linemen Ron Brace (elbow) and Trevor Scott (hamstring), safeties Patrick Chung (shoulder/hamstring) and Steve Gregory (hip), offensive linemen Dan Connolly (back), Nick McDonald (shoulder), and Sebastian Vollmer (back/knee), tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), receivers Brandon Lloyd (knee) and Wes Welker (ankle), and linebackers Dont’a Hightower (hamstring), Brandon Spikes (knee), and Tracy White (foot).
The biggest questionable might be Hernandez, who could help fill the void of not having Gronkowski for the next 4-to-8 weeks. He’s practiced the past few weeks, and coach Bill Belichick said Hernandez’s availability for the Jets game could be a game-time decision.