Rob Gronkowski’s status for Sunday continues to be one of the biggest storylines and the Patriots tight end shed some light on who will make the decision about his ability to play during Thursday’s media availability.
“I definitely make the final call,” Gronkowski said, via the Boston Herald.
Bill Belichick might have a slightly different interpretation of how that call gets made, but it seems clear at this point that the bulk of the decision is going to come down to pain management. Gronkowski isn’t going to be 100 percent which means the question will be how much his ankle can take without slowing him down to the point that he’s a detriment to the team.
Gronkowski also made life a bit less interesting for those who are looking at the Patriots’ practice participation lists to get a read on whether or not he’ll be ready to go on Sunday. He said that not practicing this week wouldn’t keep him out of the game before saying that he didn’t know if he would be on the practice field Thursday. And then, again per the Herald, Gronkowski fake-limped offstage.