Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots: Will Rob Gronkowski Play? Inactives for Sunday's Game

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been victimized by tight ends all season long, and the New England Patriots may have the best tight end in the league on their roster. Luckily for the Bucs, however, the Patriots won’t be able to use that talented receiver today.

Gronkowski has still yet to recover from multiple offseason surgeries, and will not suit up today. The Patriots will also miss Amendola, who is the most reliable and talented receiver Tom Brady has on offense. Here are the rest of the inactives for the Pats.

Former Buccaneer Chris Jones is among the inactive for the Patriots, along with Leon Washington. That means LeGarrette Blount will get to play against his former team, as well.


The Buccaneers have issues at tight end today, and will also miss out on the services of a pair of injured defenders Adams and Landri.

But the Buccaneers will have Rashaan Melvin active today, as he’s recovered from a hamstring injury and will suit up against the Patriots.

Carl Nicks’ return is the most important for Tampa Bay, as they will finally have their offensive line together as intended. It’s perfect timing, too, as Gabe Carimi will miss today’s game due to illness. Should Nicks need to sit, look for Ted Larsen to sub in at left guard.

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