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Gronkowski officially "questionable" (updated)

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  January 27, 2012 04:15 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- The good news -- at least as it pertains to today's Patriots injury report -- is that tight end Rob Gronkowski has been designated as questionable for next Sunday's Super Bowl. Gronkowski, who is reportedly suffering from a high left ankle sprain, hasn't practiced all week, but the team could have used two other more ominous terms for him on today's injury report: he could have been listed as out or doubtful. Questionable means that, barring any setbacks between now and kickoff, Gronkowski should be able to play.

The Patriots listed 12 other players as questionable after they were limited in practice all week: receivers Deion Branch (knee) and Wes Welker (knee); offensive linemen Marcus Cannon (ankle), Logan Mankins (knee), and Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot); linebackers Dane Fletcher (thumb), Rob Ninkovich (hip), Brandon Spikes (knee), and Tracy White (abdomen); defensive backs Patrick Chung (knee) and James Ihedigbo (shoulder); and defensive lineman Kyle Love (ankle).

Two Patriots are down as probable: center Dan Connolly (groin) and receiver Matthew Slater (shoulder).

Four members of the Giants are listed as questionable: cornerbacks Will Blackmon (knee) and Corey Webster (hamstring), receiver Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), and linebacker Jacquian Williams (foot). Like Gronkowski, none of the four practiced this week. Four Giants were limited in practice today and are probable: center David Bass (abdomen/neck), linebacker Chase Blackburn (calf), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee). Safety Tyler Sash is also listed as probable with a concussion, but has practiced all week.

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