Patriots expect their healthiest game-day roster in weeks vs. Chiefs

On their Friday injury report this week, the New England Patriots listed 12 players as being Questionable for Saturday's divisional game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Danny Amendola, Scott Chandler, Justin Coleman, Nate Ebner, Julian Edelman, Jonathan Freeny, Rob Gronkowski, Dont'a Hightower, Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Sebastian Vollmer, and LaAdrian Waddle all have their status up in the air for the game after either not practicing at all (Freeny) or getting in a limited session (everyone else) on Friday. Per CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, the Pats expect to have their healthiest game-day roster in weeks, which means we can probably expect most of those players to make their way onto the field.

Edelman hasn't played since breaking a bone in his foot back in Week 10 against the New York Giants. Gronkowski popped up on the injury report with a couple different issues this week, reportedly getting an injection in his injured knee on Thursday and feeling his balky back (he's had surgery on it) as well.

Amendola has suffered from a bunch of different injuries throughout the year. Vollmer missed Week 17's game against the Dolphins. Hightower also missed Week 17 with a knee injury. Jones did not play in Week 17 either and then was involved in a strange incident where he wound up at the hospital (reportedly as the result of some bad synthetic marijuana) last weekend.

Throughout the regular season, the Patriots listed 72 players as questionable, per Pro-Football-Reference, and 41 of them played that week.

The Pats feel good about Rob Gronkowski's status for Saturday. (USATSI)

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