Pats' Rob Gronkowski questionable

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is an upgrade from his injury status the first two weeks of the season.

A questionable designation reflects a 50-50 chance to play, which is what ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder reported earlier in the week. Gronkowski, who is recovering from forearm and back surgeries this offseason, had been listed as doubtful on the final injury report of the week leading into the season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 8 and again for the Sept. 12 Thursday night game against the New York Jets. He didn't play in either game.

While Gronkowski has been upgraded on the injury report this week, he has still been limited in practice all week.

Receiver Danny Amendola (groin) is doubtful, which means at least a 75 percent chance that he will not play. Amendola has been present at the start of practice all week but has been limited in his work.

Special-teams captain Matthew Slater (wrist) has been declared out, while rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) is probable after missing the 13-10 win over the Jets on Sept. 12.

The Patriots have six players who are questionable. In addition to Gronkowski, reserve running back Brandon Bolden (knee), starting right guard Dan Connolly (finger), special teamer Nate Ebner (ankle), reserve tackle/guard Will Svitek (knee) and running back Leon Washington (thigh) are all questionable.

For the Buccaneers, defensive tackle Derek Landri (knee), cornerback Michael Adams (knee) and tackle/guard Gabe Carimi (illness) have been ruled out.