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Conflicting reports on Gronkowski, Amendola status

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There are conflicting reports on the status of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola for Sunday night's game at Atlanta.

ESPN's John Clayton said Gronkowski's forearm is holding him back and he likely needs another week of practice to be ready for game action.

However, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reported that a source told him that "as of today [Gronkowski and Amendola] are playing," adding that there is a lot of between now and Sunday night.

Gronkowski could have been placed on the physically unable to perform list and been permitted to play in Week 7. The Patriots rolled the dice expecting him to be close to 100 percent by Week 3 or Week 4.

Gronkowski has not played since he was injured in the regular-season finale in December 2012. He missed one month and five games last season between Nov. 22 and Dec. 23 with a broken forearm. He had multiple forearm and back surgeries in the offseason.

He has participated in practice five consecutive days.

Amendola said this week he feels like he is "really close" to being ready. The Patriots are expected to be cautious with Amendola, who is coming off of a groin injury and has a long history of leg injuries.

Head coach Bill Belichick offered minimal details on either player. When pressed by reporters Monday for the status of the injured stars, Belichick, repeated several times that "they were inactive" last week.
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