Earlier today, Sean Tomlinson elaborated on what Rob Gronkowski’s pops is reporting to be a high-ankle sprain. And it’s beginning to look as though Gronk’s right ankle will be the most talked about joint of Super Bowl week, because the elite Patriots tight end once again failed to practice on Friday and is officially questionable for Super Bowl Sunday on today’s very preliminary injury report.
But the Pats have a tendency to call everyone questionable, which is both genius and annoying. As a result, Gronkowski’s status also matches the statuses of the following players, all of whom practiced today:
WR Deion Branch (knee), T Marcus Cannon (ankle), S Patrick Chung (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), DT Kyle Love (ankle), G Logan Mankins (knee), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (back, foot), WR Wes Welker (knee), LB Tracy White (abdomen)
So New England technically has a higher quantity of injuries, but the Giants might have a higher quality. That’s because two starters and two other significant role players continue to sit out practice. Hakeem Nicks (shoulder) and Corey Webster (hamstring) have been held out most of the week, and are both questionable along with Will Blackmon (knee) and Jacquian Williams (foot). There’s optimism surrounding all four players, but it’s a little concerning that Williams showed up to work today in a boot.
Additionally, the following players are practicing yet listed as probable for the G-men:
C David Baas (abdomen, neck), LB Chase Blackburn (calf), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), S Tyler Sash (concussion), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee)
That group, along with New England’s Dan Connolly (groin) and Matt Slater (shoulder), should all be good to go next week.
So to recap: If you’re a Pats fan, your only worry is Gronkowski. And if you’re a Giants fan, your biggest worry is Nicks.