The Patriots seem to be fighting a losing battle in the team’s effort to keep their tight ends healthy. Zach Sudfeld wasn’t really a factor in New England’s win over the Bills because he was playing on an injured hamstring. The rookie out of Nevada was hoping to take advantage of Rob Gronkowski’s absence, but now he’s in danger of missing Thursday night’s game against the Jets.
Sudfeld was only targeted one time before coming out of Sunday’s game with a pulled hamstring. If Sudfeld can’t play, the Patriots may be starting Michael Hoomanawanui. He’s the only healthy tight end on the roster for the moment.
Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from multiple offseason surgeries (back, forearm) and his return is still up in the air. So the Patriots will have to muddle through with whatever they can find at the tight end spot. Some outlets are reporting that offensive tackle Nate Solder, who played tight end in college, could see some reps.
Although coach Bill Belichick said that there is no way to “replace” a Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots were definitely hoping that things would flow more smoothly until his return.