Chris Mascaro
Friday October 4th, 2013

Rob Gronkowski's chances of playing in Week 4 don't look good.  (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Rob Gronkowski's chances of playing in Week 5 don't look good. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is not a sure bet to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals in Cincinnati, according to Boston Herald columnist Karen Guregian. Gronkowski, who had offseason back surgery, has been listed as questionable since Week 3 but was said to be targeting a Week 6 return, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

Gronkowski, who had 55 receptions for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games last season, said he hasn't felt pressured by the Patriots to return. The Patriots released Zach Sudfeld on Thursday, leaving Michael Hoomanawanui (three receptions this season) and Matthew Mulligan (one) as the only other tight ends on their roster.

As also noted by Guregian, wide receiver Danny Amendola, who hasn't played since aggravating a groin injury in Week 1, will likely be a game-time decision on Sunday.

The Patriots signed Amendola to a five-year deal in the offseason, with $10 million guaranteed, to help offset the loss of Wes Welker to the Broncos. He caught 10 passes for 104 yards in a season-opening win over the Bills.

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