Patriots are banged up: 12 players listed as questionable for Chiefs game

When the New England Patriots filled out their final injury report for the week Friday, it might have just been easier to list the players who aren't injured.

New England listed a total of 17 players on Friday's injury report, which means that almost 35 percent of their 53-man roster is banged up in some way. To put that in perspective, the Kansas City Chiefs only had 12 players listed and five of those guys were listed as probable, which means they're likely going to play.

For the Patriots, the most notable players on the injury report were Rob Gronkowski , Julian Edelman , Danny Amendola , Chandler Jones , Dont'a Hightower and left tackle Sebastian Vollmer , who are all listed as questionable.

Rob Gronkowski is listed as questionable for Saturday's game. (USATSI)
Rob Gronkowski is listed as questionable for Saturday's game. (USATSI)

Gronk looked healthy last weekend, but that didn't help him this week. The Patriots tight end only participated in two of the four practices the Patriots held in the lead up to Saturday's game against the Chiefs.

Although Gronk's injury has been lingering since Week 12, the same can't be said for Jones, who was hospitalized after a bizarre incident last weekend. Jones was listed as questionable due to an abdomen injury.

Let's not forget about Edelman either, who will be trying to play Saturday for the first time since breaking his foot in Week 10.

Tom Brady also made the injury report. The quarterback, who sprained his ankle in New England's regular-season finale, was listed as probable.

Here's a complete list of the Patriots injured players.

Questionable: WR Danny Amendola (knee), TE Scott Chandler (knee), CB Justin Coleman (concussion), DB  Nate Ebner (hand), WR Julian Edelman (foot), LB  Jonathan Freeny (hand/ not injury related), TE Rob Gronkowski (knee/back), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe), DE Rob Ninkovich  (shin), OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle), OL LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder).

Besides Brady,  Josh Kline  (shoulder),  Brandon LaFell  (foot) and  Devin McCourty  (ankle) are all listed as probable. Offensive lineman Tre' Jackson has been ruled out of the game.

The Patriots and Chiefs kick off at 4:35 p.m. ET on Saturday in a game that will be televised by CBS.

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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