Gronkowski (knee) and the Patriots released a joint statement saying that the tight end will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, without any specific timetable for a return, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.
The statement doesn't offer much of value, simply saying that Gronkowski's readiness to return will be evaluated in the days or hours leading up to each game. The Patriots likely don't want opponents to have a good idea as to when the tight end might actually return, though it's also quite possible that there just isn't a clear timetable. In any case, Gronkowski doesn't seem likely to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, leaving Scott Chandler as the top option at tight end. Owners will still want to check back later in the week, as any sort of practice participation would be an excellent sign for the superstar tight end.
Hightower is confirmed to have suffered a sprained MCL during Sunday night's loss to the Broncos, The Boston Globe reports.
Hightower's injury adds to the Patriots' growing list of absentees, but fortunately his sprained knee isn't expected to keep him sidelined for long. While a more definitive timetable for Hightower's return should surface soon, New England may be without their defensive signal-caller Sunday against the Eagles.
Amendola (knee) will not play Sunday against the Broncos, Tom Curran of CSN Northeast reports.
As of Friday night, there was still a chance Amendola would make the trip to Denver with the team, but after being evaluated Saturday, the receiver has been ruled out and will remain back in Foxboro. Amendola suffered the knee injury against the Bills on Monday, and he was limited in practice Thursday and Friday after not participating on Wednesday. With Julian Edelman (foot) out and Aaron Dobson, Brian Tyms, Josh Boyce and Brandon Gibson all on IR, the Pats are currently left with only three healthy receivers heading into Sunday: Brandon LaFell, Chris Harper and KeShawn Martin. All three figure to see expanded roles, with tight end Rob Gronkowski likely seeing even more attention than usual from the Denver defense.
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).
Collins (illness) plans to return to action Sunday against the Eagles, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.
Collins missed the last four games with an unspecified illness, but it appears he is on track to return to action this week. The Patriots figure to update Collins' status over the next few days as their injury reports are released.
Edelman underwent foot surgery Monday on the Jones fracture he suffered Sunday against the Giants, and he could return in 6-to-8 weeks, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.
Breer notes that the recovery timeframe is a rough one, so while it could theoretically allow Edelman to return during the postseason, it's certainly no guarantee. Danny Amendola is expected to get an increase in offensive snaps with Edelman sidelined, while Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski could all see more targets as well.
McCluster will be out for 2-3 weeks due to his knee injury suffered during Thursday's game.
McCluster took a hard hit to his knee during Thursday's loss to the Jaguars, which will force him to miss the Titans' next couple games or so. With him out, Antonio Andrews will likely enjoy an expanded role, while rookie David Cobb and Bishop Sankey also factor into the mix.
The Titans signed defensive lineman Al Woods to a two-year deal Wednesday, ending his two-year run with the Steelers. Woods' contract will pay him $5 million over two years, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.