Per a league source, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski indeed has a “classic” high ankle sprain. The source says that Gronkowski, who didn’t practice last week, probably won’t practice at all before the game.
But the source believes Gronkowski will play, even though it’s currently believed that he’ll need arthroscopic surgery on the ankle after the game.
Of course, Gronkowski’s ability to play and his effectiveness during the game are two different issues. Even if, as expected, the All-Pro, record-setting tight end suits up (and likely shoots up), he could be limited by the swelling and structural damage to the ligaments.