Erik Frenz of Boston.com breaks down how close Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski are to returning, and touches on the what the Pats do if Stevan Ridley is hurt.
“At first I was a little bit hesitant to put it on him, because if you look back at the specific anecdotes to when he’s actually been injured, he’s fallen on his arm awkwardly or obviously just had some weird injuries,” Frenz said. “But I think when you look at it now, when he has injuries like this groin injury that’s been lingering now for a little bit, you have to wonder if it’s a durbaility issue. I think another one of these injuries and people are just going to start to think that this is the rap on him — he’s a talented player when he’s on the field, but just injury-prone.”
What about Gronkowski — is he injury-prone?
“Well that was the rap on him coming out of school,” Frenz said. “People kind of forgot about the whole spinal stinosis thing when he got out of school, but that was the reason he was available in the second round. And I wouldn’t re-do that pick; I would take Gronkowski again. I think that that’s the risk you have to take when that’s a player that’s available to you in the second round. That’s a historic tight end.”