Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Danny Amendola out against Falcons

Rob Gronkowski didn't make the trip to Atlanta with the rest of the team on Saturday. (USATSI)
Rob Gronkowski didn't make the trip to Atlanta with the rest of the team on Saturday. (USATSI)

The big question surrounding the New England Patriots heading into Week 4 has been, "Will Rob Gronkowski or Danny Amendola play against the Falcons?"

That question has been answered and the answer is no, the Patriots announced. Earlier, the Patriots left for Atlanta on Saturday and neither Gronkowski nor Amendola made the trip, according to ESPN.com.  

Like everything with the Patriots, the status of Gronkowski and Amendola (groin) has been shrouded in secrecy all week. On Friday, the belief was that both Gronkowski and Amendola would play against the Falcons. Both players were listed as questionable on the Patriots final injury report this week, meaning the team felt there was at least a 50 percent chance Gronk and Amendola could play. 

On Saturday, a report surfaced saying that Gronkowski didn't want to play against the Falcons because he didn't feel he was ready to absorb contact for an entire game. However, the Patriots reportedly felt he was healthy enough to play, though the decision eventually was made to sit the TE. Gronkowski reportedly has his sights set on a return closer to Week 6. 

For more injury news and notes from around the league, be sure to check out CBSSports.com's Week 4 injury page here.

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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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