Tight end Rob Gronkowski is down and out, missing practice on Wednesday after declaring himself "week to week" in an internet video the night before.
But while the All-Pro is the latest hit to Tom Brady's passing attack, the quarterback could see wide receiver Danny Amendola return to the fold on Sunday against the Eagles, at least that's what the
The Globe also notes that Brady has changed his tune on the hit that injured Gronkowski last Sunday night in Denver and now says the knees of defenseless receivers need to be protected. The Globe breaks down Philadelphia's recent struggles heading into Sunday's game in Foxborough. The Globe NFL notebook notes that Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke at the owners' meetings on Wednesday and says the league will work to improve the officiating that has been a major concern with players, coaches and fans of late.
The Boston Herald looks at the struggles of the Patriots running game since Dion Lewis was lost to injury. The Herald also writes about the topic of low hits on receivers and the question of whether the player themselves would rather be hit low or high. Herald columnist Ron Borges wonders if Brady can survive the Patriots injury crunch.
The Providence Journal looks at how new Patriots receiver Damaris Johnson might be a good fit for the team given its injuries in the passing game. The ProJo also notes that Amendola is upbeat about a possible return to action.
ESPNBoston.com lists 10 things you need to know heading into Sunday's Patriots game against the Eagles. The site has Johnson hoping to fit in with a "slot-friendly" New England offense. ESPNBoston.com notes that Dominque Easley was among the Patriots who did not practice on Wednesday. ESPNBoston.com passes along Bill Belichick seemingly unaffected by the Patriots getting a demoted officiating crew for Sunday's game against Philly.
Belichick told an ESPN reporter that New England was just trying to be helpful when it took the unprecedented step of issuing a statement regarding Gronkowski's injury on Tuesday night. Read how rookie running back Trey Williams ended up in New England.
WEEI.com wonders if the Gronkowski hit could be the impetus for a change in rules on low hits on receivers. WEEI.com also takes a snapshot of the playoff picture in the AFC. The site has Brady saying he's calmed down in the days since New England's first loss.
Did you see the *Denver Post *columnist who called the Patriots soft?
CSNNE.com says Brady and the Patriots are looking for a fresh slate after their first meaningful loss in a year.
NESN.com passes along Philly coach Chip Kelly saying that Brady makes the Patriots dangerous regardless of the injuries around him.
Philly.com has Eagles rookie cornerback Eric Rowe expecting to be tested by Brady.
NJ.com looks at three key matchups in Sunday's game.