While the Patriots should be fine without them, the team has confirmed that it will be without three key players for Sunday’s game.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, linebacker Brandon Spikes and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard have all been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Jacksonville, according to the Patriots.
Alfonzo Dennard, Brandon Spikes & Rob Gronkowski have been downgraded to out for tomorrow's game. #NEvsJAX—
New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 23, 2012
Gronkowski was back at practice last week but is still recovering from breaking his forearm in November, with the Patriots unlikely to press him into action in the last two games of the season. Spikes, meanwhile, was reportedly battling an injury last Sunday when he saw limited time against the 49ers. Dennard was hurt during last week’s loss to San Francisco.