Two of the NFL’s most dangerous tight ends are set to be on the same field tonight in New England and both are listed on the injury report. Is either in danger of not playing?
Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
Thomas was limited in practice all week due to a knee injury. He is listed as Questionable and is considered a game-time decision. As long as he’s not ruled out prior to kickoff (8:30 p.m. ET), you should keep Thomas in your lineup. He’s second only to Jimmy Graham in both fantasy points and touchdown catches among tight ends. Even if he’s limited, Thomas is a better starting option than the majority of tight ends out there.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos
Gronkowski is listed on the injury report because of his back, but he’s also reportedly dealing with forearm and hamstring issues too. Even though he continues to be limited in practice, Gronk is listed as Probable and will be a big part of the Patriots’ game plan against the Broncos. In fact, tonight’s matchup with Denver means Gronk and Julius Thomas, two of the league’s top tight ends and both of which are at less than 100 percent, will get to size each other up in person.
Already Ruled Out
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins – Reed sustained a concussion last week and as of Friday, he had yet to pass the necessary tests to be cleared to return to the field. He is Out for the Monday night game against San Francisco, at least according to the official injury report. However, based on some comments from head coach Mike Shanahan, there does appear to be some discrepancy regarding his status. Either way, because of the Monday night time slot, it would probably be safest to employ someone other than Reed as your tight end this week.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings – Rudolph is still out with a fractured foot, leaving John Carlson as the starter. Carlson has seven catches in each of the last two games and faces a Green Bay defense that has had some issues shutting opposing tight ends down. Carlson remains a TE2 candidate.