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Posted: Thursday, 05 September 2013 4:28PM

Pats' Amendola limited, but "ready to go"



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- Both the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots are getting closer to starting their regular seasons on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and both sides didn't have any surprises on the injury report following Thursday's practice.

The Bills were without cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist), guard Doug Legursky (knee) and kicker Dustin Hopkins (right groin) during the session once again. The trio have already been ruled out of the contest against the Patriots.

Safety Jairus Byrd (foot) was limited and classified as day-to-day, while quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) practice in full for the second straight day and has already been named Sunday's starter.

On the New England side, the biggest unknowns both have to do with the Patriots' offensive attack. Wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) were each limited for the second straight day.

Amendola, the team's slot receiver pegged to replace Wes Welker, told reporters on Thursday that he was "ready to go" for the start of the season. As for Gronkowski, there have been no indications one way or the other if the Williamsville-native will be healthy enough for the contest.

Joining those two as limited participants were running back Brandon Bolden (knee), wide receiver Aaron Dobson (hamstring), defensive back Nate Ebner (ankle) and defensive back Duron Harmon (hamstring), while offensive lineman Will Svitek (knee) did not participate entirely.

Teams will reveal their official injury designations following Friday's practices.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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