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The New England Patriots are moving on to life without tight end Rob Gronkowski against one of the stingiest defenses in the league. The Los Angeles Rams boast the best defensive player in the league in defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who will present a fierce match-up for rookie left guard Joe Thuney.
Who will step up with Gronkowski sidelined? Will the Patriots defense let rookie quarterback Jared Goff look like an All Pro? How will quarterback Tom Brady look with his knee injury?
Alec and Rich cover it all.
As are QB Tom Brady and WR Julian Edelman.
The New England Patriots need tight end Martellus Bennett more than ever, now that Rob Gronkowski is on the injured reserve, but Bennett was no guarantee to play this week. Bennett re-injured his ankle shortly after Gronkowski left the Jets game and needed to recover.
Well, Bennett is expected to play, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, as are QB Tom Brady and WR Chris Hogan and WR Julian Edelman.
Four Pats listed as questionable - Tom Brady, Martellus Bennett, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan - all good to go today vs Rams, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 4, 2016
Quinn was an All Pro in 2013 after collected 19 sacks, and he has averaged 0.75 sacks per game over the past five seasons. He battled knee and back injuries that landed him on the injured reserve last season, and has missed time with a shoulder injury earlier this season.
The Rams defense has forced a turnover in all but three games this season; two of those three games were when Quinn was sidelined with a shoulder injury against the Bills and Lions, and the Bills also ran for 193 yards. The three worst defensive performances by the Rams according to expected points include last week against the Saints, when Quinn left with a head injury, and the Bills and Lions game.
Quinn would have matched up with fellow 2011 draftee and Patriots left tackle Nate Solder. Solder will instead get a more favorable matchup against veteran Eugene Sims.
The Rams are also expected to miss WR Tavon Austin, who is listed as doubtful on the injury report, meaning that two of the Ram most expensive players are not expected to play on Sunday.