AFC East Blog
According to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak, the Bills will be without quarterback E.J. Manuel, and wide receiver Stevie Johnson in their week 16 game against divisional foe, the Miami Dolphins.
If you faced Jamaal Charles (or Justin Tucker) in your semifinals, you might already be looking forward to what could be in 2014. On that note, NFL Network's Albert Breer visited the Patriots today and tweeted out a couple of updates regarding injured tight end Rob Gronkowski. Breer said that Gronkowski will undergo surgery to repair the torn ACL and MCL in his right knee in about two weeks, by which time the swelling in his knee should have dissipated. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews and, most importantly, Breer says Gronkowski has been told "he should be ready for the start of the 2014 season."
While his team prepares for the Dolphins, Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson will be in California for most of the week mourning with family over the death of his mother, who passed away suddenly on Saturday. Head coach Doug Marrone said Monday that he "wouldn't hesitate" to tell Johnson not to play this weekend if he felt emotionally torn between grieving with family and missing a game, because family takes priority.
"God or my faith is No. 1, and my family is No. 2," Marrone said. "Football is No. 3."
Johnson actually played last Sunday against Jacksonville, one day following his mother's passing. He caught one pass for four yards on three targets. Johnson told Marrone when he heard the tragic news on Sunday, but Johnson didn't tell his teammates about his situation until after the game.
Dolphins running back Lamar Miller was cleared to practice on Wednesday, three days after suffering a concussion, and following a full week of practice with no setbacks, Miller seems ready to play this weekend versus the Patriots. He is officially listed as probable.
Update: The Patriots have ruled both Dobson and Thompkins out for tomorrow's game. This just means more targets for the likes of Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen.
We're so used to the Patriots playing games with the injury report and their liberal use of the "questionable" tag. But it appears that two notable offensive players who are listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Dolphins are truly questionable.
Wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson will be game-time decisions. Thompkins went through limited practice all week, but it's tough to glean anything from that. Thompkins' participation level was the same last week, but he was inactive against the Browns.
Dobson hasn't played since Week 12 due to a sprained foot. He took part in his first practice since suffering the injury on Friday.
Considering the recent cases of Jordan Reed and Rashad Jennings, you know not take too much away from a Wednesday practice report regarding a concussed player. But it is worth noting that Dolphins running back Lamar Miller, who suffered a concussion in Week 14, was healthy enough to put in a full practice Wednesday.
One of the most dominant players in the NFL today is most likely out for the rest of this season, and his health may be in question entering the 2014 season. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left Sunday's game versus the Browns in the third quarter with a right leg injury. But the worst part is that, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter via a source, the team believes Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL. He will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the exact nature of the injury. Gronkowski entered Week 14 with a touchdown in four consecutive games. He ended Sunday with two catches for 32 yards.
It appears Stevan Ridley's benching for back-to-back-to-back games with fumbles will last just one week. After being a healthy scratch in Week 13 versus the Texans, Ridley is expected to be active Sunday against the Browns, a source has told Nick Underhill of MassLive.com. Ridley has rushed for 576 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games this season but has also lost four fumbles.