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Report: Gronkowski will return against Dolphins

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Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England reports that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to return from his fractured left forearm in Week Seventeen against the Dolphins. Per Curran, Gronkowski will be “suited up” and available for “at least a limited role,” likely in a playoff-tuneup capacity.

Gronkowski has been out since Week Eleven, when he fractured the arm blocking on special teams in the fourth quarter of a 59-24 blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots have scored at least 34 points in three of the ensuing five games, but Gronkowski is their best skill-position player aside from quarterback Tom Brady and will give an already lethal offense a major postseason boost.

Gronkowski has been particularly dominant as a run blocker when healthy this season. Still just 23 years old, he is the premier tight end in all of football.

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22 Responses to “Report: Gronkowski will return against Dolphins”
  1. dulz26 says: Dec 29, 2012 1:17 PM

    His going to get injured again and will be out for the playoffs. We will bit m anyway… Bring them on..

  2. lifeimitatesfootball says: Dec 29, 2012 1:24 PM

    Another BB psy-op? Kinda like 20 players being “questionable”?

    Memo to BB: you’ve been pulling this crap for years! Do you really think Philbin is too stupid to see through this?

    Or do you think Dansby and Burnett are gonna be runnng for their lives at the thought of Gronk coming back? I can hear Dansby now: “Run for your lives! Superman is coming at us!”

    Keep this up, and the Fins just might win this one!

  3. unbreakable02215 says: Dec 29, 2012 1:30 PM

    ?

  4. CKL says: Dec 29, 2012 1:37 PM

    lifeimitatesfootball says:
    Dec 29, 2012 1:24 PM
    Another BB psy-op? Kinda like 20 players being “questionable”?

    Memo to BB: you’ve been pulling this crap for years! Do you really think Philbin is too stupid to see through this?
    ___________________________________
    I don’t know for a fact of course, but I believe BB does this more to “CYA” against NFL punishment (and give them the middle finger on the whole injury report, BONUS!) than he does to tweak other coaches or question their level of intelligence. He started doing this IIRC in earnest once he got in trouble for a designation on Richard Seymour back in 04 I think. He wants to be able to play or not play a guy based on injury limitations and his judgment as far as gameplan while avoiding the gimlet eye of the league.

  5. lgw91s says: Dec 29, 2012 1:42 PM

    Wow, so a player whose injury was supposed to keep him out 6 weeks, (been 6 weeks now) practiced last week, and was listed as questionable, and increased his practice reps this week – might actually get in a few series?
    Modern science, …go figure.

  6. captfoxboro says: Dec 29, 2012 1:49 PM

    Wes Welker might just take exception to the writers claim that GRONK is the Pats 2nd best skill position player… #83 just set a record for most consecutive 100+ catch seasons …

    juz sayin’ .

  7. fafaflunky says: Dec 29, 2012 1:50 PM

    why?

  8. snikerbotloot says: Dec 29, 2012 1:55 PM

    Be good to get some game action in before the playoffs. I highly doubt BB will give teams many looks on how he plans on using both Gronk & Hernandez. Will be great to have them both back

  9. wte1 says: Dec 29, 2012 1:58 PM

    If he’s cleared to play he plays. It’s as simple as that.

  10. jpb12 says: Dec 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    Tune up for the playoffs.
    Teams have seen Gronk & Hernandez play together before. Lots of tape on that.

    His playing time will be based on the outcome of Texas game.

  11. ispysomething7 says: Dec 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    Looking forward to a little “Toy Solider” this week!

  12. lflib69 says: Dec 29, 2012 2:10 PM

    jpb12 says:Dec 29, 2012 2:07 PM

    Tune up for the playoffs.
    Teams have seen Gronk & Hernandez play together before. Lots of tape on that.

    His playing time will be based on the outcome of Texas game

    Guaranteed you JPB that BB had a different use for them this year…it’s just a shame no one has gotten to see it yet LOL P.S. Can’t believe you are that dumb to think that BB doesn’t know there is plenty of tape out on them

  13. tdrundmc says: Dec 29, 2012 2:38 PM

    Wes Welker might just take exception to the writers claim that GRONK is the Pats 2nd best skill position player… #83 just set a record for most consecutive 100+ catch seasons …

    juz sayin’ .

    Welker isn’t even the 3rd best on the team. It’s not hard to catch 100 balls when your qb throws to you 15 times a game.

  14. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Dec 29, 2012 2:51 PM

    If the medical staff clears Gronk, then he’ll play on Sunday. This isn’t touch football and they know what the risks are. Let’s not worry about Gronk getting injured.

  15. trajan2448 says: Dec 29, 2012 3:02 PM

    A healthy Gronk is worth +7 points a game in the playoffs. That can be the difference.

  16. phinfan says: Dec 29, 2012 4:12 PM

    Reshad Jones… paging Reshad Jones…. bring your ‘A Game!’

  17. jjbadd385 says: Dec 29, 2012 4:27 PM

    I don’t know..I must be getting old!! I don’t really dislike Gronk, but he’s such a clown!! I try to be open minded, but something about him gets under my skin!! Thats not saying he aint a beast, he’s just a little immature, but then again, he’s only 23…..

  18. patsfan13 says: Dec 29, 2012 5:29 PM

    Bet he doesn’t block on extra points.

  19. okie1212 says: Dec 29, 2012 5:36 PM

    Fact of the matter is – It’s crunch time. Obviously there will be some smoke and mirrors, but the Pat’s haven’t played their “A” game this year. We need Gronk in the playoffs, but I’d bet that Hernandez see’s most of the time from here on out. Teams still need to pay extra close to Gronk when he is in, becuase he’s a huge threat even with one arm, which will open up Welker and Co….never hurts to have 2 TE’s that can block and gain yards after the catch.

  20. TheWizard says: Dec 29, 2012 6:58 PM

    I underestimated his blocking presence in the run game. Production went down without him.
    If they can get those 2 big backs hammering away in the playoffs, they’ll be set – assuming the secondary isn’t playing “sieve defense”.

  21. wolfmanpatriot says: Dec 29, 2012 9:56 PM

    I am guessing gronk will be wearing a weapo, er, cast on his arm for the 1st game or so back. Limited for catching, helpful for blocking.

    Good time to just get his legs back under him as the saying goes.

  22. cmdrsmooth says: Dec 30, 2012 12:00 AM

    This guy is walking pharmacy.

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