Brady has gone to Gronk on 26 percent of his throws for the past five games, and he looms as a big piece of the puzzle against a Texans team that hasn't won a football game since Sept. 15.
Here's the rest of Sunday's injury roundup:
- The Arizona Cardinals announced that running back Andre Ellington (knee) will be inactiveagainst the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the up-and-down Rashard Mendenhall to carry the load. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Ellington showed up to Lincoln Financial Field and told the doctors his knee didn't feel quite right. Ellington campaigned to play, according to Breer, but the Cardinalsheld him out as a precaution. Ellington's injury is perceived to be short-term, multiple team sources told Breer.
- Rapoport noted on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay First" that Aaron Rodgers is no sure bet to play in Week 14 -- or beyond. The Packers quarterback would "be lucky" to play against the Falcons next Sunday, and if he doesn't -- and if Green Bay loses that game -- the team might shut down Rodgers for the rest of the year to avoid further injury to the passer's fractured collarbone, Rapoport was told.