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Report: Not realistic for Rob Gronkowski to play Week One

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The Patriots are getting closer to making a decision on tight end Rob Gronkowski’s roster status for the start of the regular season and a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN adds to the intrigue about that choice.

Schefter quotes a source saying that it is “not realistic” to expect Gronkowski, who is recovering from surgeries on his back and forearm, to play against the Bills in Week One. There’s no word on what his status would be for the following weeks, but he’d have to be considered questionable at best if he’s not healthy enough to join the team on the field against Buffalo.

The Patriots will have to decide whether Gronkowski will remain on the 53-man roster or if they will leave him on the physically unable to perform list into the regular season. Doing so would mean Gronkowski misses at least the first six weeks of practice and games, but it would free up a roster spot for the Patriots to use on a player who is healthy enough to contribute right away.

There’s almost two full weeks for the Patriots to make that decision so there’s time for Gronkowski to show enough improvement that the call about the PUP list becomes a moot one. Right now, though, it has to be considered a realistic possibility in New England, perhaps even more realistic than his chances of playing all 16 games this season.

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63 Responses to “Report: Not realistic for Rob Gronkowski to play Week One”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 19, 2013 3:28 PM

    It’s Tebow Time!

  2. patssox says: Aug 19, 2013 3:29 PM

    Sudfeld + Ballard. We’ll be alright.

    Sorry, Gronk, but you gotta not be made of glass!!

    Sheesh!

    Go, Pats!

  3. whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 19, 2013 3:32 PM

    He must have a bud light sponsored club appearance the night before. Or accepting a literary award for ‘Growing Up Gronk’.

  4. cliverush says: Aug 19, 2013 3:34 PM

    This has been common knowledge in the Boston area and most of the reporting around here for the past month has him returning after week six. The emergence of Zach Sudfelt has eased the fans concern regarding the position.

  5. ampats says: Aug 19, 2013 3:37 PM

    Gronk has spent the entire camp in shorts & tee. Let him start the season on PUP and come back for the stretch run much healthier.

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2013 3:39 PM

    Let him have all the time he needs. A fully healthy Gronk after week 6 is a lot better than a mostly healed Gronk vulnerable to reinjury before that.

  7. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 3:43 PM

    Thank god the Pats have Ernie Adams or they would be screwed. I would be really worried about Tom getting injured in the 1st half og this season. Only 1 or 2 guys that can get open! can anyone say eeeeeeeeeeeeee my shoulder, I think it might be seperated coach !

  8. kate773 says: Aug 19, 2013 3:48 PM

    I can’t imagine they’ve been depending on Gronk coming back for the beginning of the year. I’m sure they’ve just been going on the assumption that he’s not going to start until at least week 3 or 4. PUP is definitely possible.

  9. kordogg says: Aug 19, 2013 3:52 PM

    If Adrian Peterson can come back after his injury that was career ending then Rob Gronkowski can too. Both are athletic freaks that have tremendous abilities and have incredible bodies. He shouldn’t come back for week one. But to say he can’t be the player he once was is stupid. The love of the game and millions of dollars was motivation for AP to come back. Gronk will most likely have a pro bowl year again. Even only playing in 12 games he racked up 11 tds and even one in a cast. Gronk in his three years pro has has over 10 or more touch downs and had the best season a TE ever had in 2011. He is special and a strong player. His healing from a bulging disc takes 12 weeks and has already banged out 6. He will be all set.

  10. fordmandalay says: Aug 19, 2013 3:53 PM

    No worries as long as the Pats have Aaron Hernandez picking up the slack.

  11. ninersdomanation says: Aug 19, 2013 3:54 PM

    This is so funny!!!1 Hes in jail stupid!!! go 9ers!!!

  12. grogansheroes says: Aug 19, 2013 3:54 PM

    forsbergler says:
    Aug 19, 2013 3:43 PM
    Thank god the Pats have Ernie Adams or they would be screwed. I would be really worried about Tom getting injured in the 1st half og this season. Only 1 or 2 guys that can get open! can anyone say eeeeeeeeeeeeee my shoulder, I think it might be seperated coach !
    ——————————————–

    Huh?

  13. justintuckrule says: Aug 19, 2013 3:55 PM

    That division is such a gimme. As long as he’s ready for his 1st preseason game week 16, that’s when they’ll start needing him.

  14. piratefreedom says: Aug 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    I would be very,very happy to trade the first six weeks on PUP for a healthy Gronk in the playoffs

  15. whatjusthapped says: Aug 19, 2013 4:03 PM

    That’s alright, the Patriots have a great tight end in Hernandez, oh wait, scratch that.

  16. overratedsteelerhater says: Aug 19, 2013 4:05 PM

    he’s just an injury waiting to happen evey time he suits up….

  17. dlbpatsfan says: Aug 19, 2013 4:07 PM

    Put him on the PUP!

  18. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 4:09 PM

    grogansheroes says: Huh?

    leave it to a pats fan to not even to know how his team cheats. educate yourself. you might actually understand why your team is so good and why they go perfect at home.

  19. no1billsfan says: Aug 19, 2013 4:14 PM

    “Not realistic for Rob Gronkowski to play Week One”… *EXCELLENT NEWS*

  20. texanfan53 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:15 PM

    The Patriots know that penicillin clears up STD’s right?

  21. tombradyswig says: Aug 19, 2013 4:15 PM

    glass gronk shall be his new name!

  22. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 4:16 PM

    I can hear the millions of Pats fans clicking into there computers googl…….. Erni…… Ada……
    LoL.

  23. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:17 PM

    Wow how did all these different people come up with such clever Hernandez posts? Captain Obvious is disappointed all of you are trying to steal his gig. Do you think you’re actually adding to the discussion in any way?

    But hey, you were all so happily screaming that the Pats season was over the moment Hernandez was popped that I know it’s a huge disappointment that the Pats have come out blazing with their new receiving corps and that Brady looks in mid season form already.

    I’ll give you a new name to fester away in your brains. Undrafted FA Zach Sudfeld. He’s made some very Gronk-like plays the first couple games and looks terrific. Now it’s only the preseason with vanilla defenses and no game planning, but I think Pats nation has good reason to be optimistic about him. And to be optimistic about Amendola and the rest of the young receivers.

  24. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:21 PM

    forsbergler says:

    leave it to a pats fan to not even to know how his team cheats. educate yourself. you might actually understand why your team is so good and why they go perfect at home.
    ____________________

    Yes we’ve seen you crying about Earnie Adams before. Of course he’s a member of the team staff legally allowed by the league in the coaching booth upstairs, and he’s a brilliant football mind, so if you want to embarrass yourself by claiming that him being on the staff or in the booth is cheating, please continue to amuse us.

  25. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 4:22 PM

    He’s very secretive, might be tuff to get alot of information on him. He doesn’t like people to know what he does, for good reason.

  26. descendency says: Aug 19, 2013 4:25 PM

    They have Tom Brady plus a bunch of solid guys at TE, WR, and RB. They’ll definitely be worse off without Gronk, but still better off than most teams.

    I think they’ll evaluate him and if they need to, they’ll let him stay on the PUP.

    Gronk in the playoffs vs Gronk in week 1… I think NE will know which to choose.

  27. xxsweepthelegxx says: Aug 19, 2013 4:26 PM

    forsbergler says:
    Aug 19, 2013 4:09 PM
    grogansheroes says: Huh?

    leave it to a pats fan to not even to know how his team cheats. educate yourself. you might actually understand why your team is so good and why they go perfect at home.
    ——————————
    Why dont you go google the NFL Champion for the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons. It hasn’t changed.

    So sad….

  28. justintuckrule says: Aug 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    The Pats can wheel out Bud Adams at TE and they’ll still go 12-4.

  29. sportsfan18 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:32 PM

    I’m not a Pats fan so I’m sure I missed this, but why did Gronk have this surgery on his back so late this past off season, like early summer vs. say late January?

    Did he only hurt it this past May?

    If it was an existing an injury, had he had surgery 4 or so months sooner, well he’d be completely healed for week 1.

    What did I miss about this?

  30. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 4:37 PM

    It has changed…..I see a bunch of * * * beside them….shame.

  31. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 4:40 PM

    Like I said thank god you have Ernie or you’d be screwed.
    Bill Belichick + Tom Brady = Most Over Rated Puppets of All Time

  32. jetsmmt says: Aug 19, 2013 4:52 PM

    At least they still have Herna…..nervermind….

  33. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 4:57 PM

    I wonder if Tom Coughlin or John Fox have a private communication channel with Eli or Payton to tell them what D they are faceing right before the snap? I always wonder why Tom Brady looked like a dear in head lights at the line of scrimidge right before the snap. It must be tuff to absorb all the communication coming through his earpeice and audible his team into the right play before the play clock runs out. He and Ernie have had alot of practice doing it I guess.

  34. tedmurph says: Aug 19, 2013 4:58 PM

    Nobody ever thought Gronk would be back wk1. The issue is whether to put him on the PUP list, bring him back after the bye, and keep Fells, or have Gronk take up a roster spot so he can come back at the end of Sept/early Oct. The way Ballard has been blocking and Sudfeld has looked, I’d err on the side of caution.

    forsbergler, I heard you have proof of Bigfoot too.

  35. thebigtim2012 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:58 PM

    How in the heck are belichick and Brady puppets? Your cup of jealousy overflows. Even with cameras and coach Adams the players still gave to perform. Moron. But you keep hanging on to the nonsense that we cheated. There’s a reason other coaches don’t complain about spygate there’s a reason why then only stuff you hear about it is from random players who lost to the pats. Everyone was doing it. Period. You could tape all the walk thrus you wanted, if your players didn’t outperform the other players it wouldn’t matter now would it.

  36. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 4:59 PM

    with all that cheating going on you managed to squeek by in 3 SB winning them by an avg score of 3 points. 0-2 since people learned about the kind of practices your team uses. hmmmm Maybe he aint so SUPER TOM BRADY after all huh fellas?

  37. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 5:02 PM

    Truth hurts eh pats fans?

  38. lanman11 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:10 PM

    With surgeries on his arm and his back, there is no way he could have been working out and lifting weights the way he normally would, both before and after the surgeries, so he’s probably out of shape. He needs time to fully heal first, THEN he needs time to get in football shape. It would probably be best for him to go PUP, but the inability to practice with the team is a concern. It might take a couple weeks for him to get into sync when he comes back, having missed those practices. As long as he is healthy and in the groove by November, that would be OK. Rushing him back and him being re-injured because he is not 100% ready to go would be a major mistake.

  39. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 19, 2013 5:17 PM

    NEWS BREAK:

    The Mass. Police are searching every pond looking for Gronk’s forearm…

  40. marcuswelby1 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:17 PM

    forsbergler says:
    Aug 19, 2013 4:57 PM
    I wonder if Tom Coughlin or John Fox have a private communication channel with Eli or Payton to tell them what D they are faceing right before the snap? I always wonder why Tom Brady looked like a dear in head lights at the line of scrimidge right before the snap. It must be tuff to absorb all the communication coming through his earpeice and audible his team into the right play before the play clock runs out. He and Ernie have had alot of practice doing it I guess.

    —————————————————

    Very pathetic…..get some new material please.

  41. buffalostampede90 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:17 PM

    Hey idiots tebow isn’t playing TE and Ballard sucks and his knee is screwed up and who the hell is Sudfeld LOL

  42. mightysimi says: Aug 19, 2013 5:24 PM

    Hernandez should be able to execute…

  43. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:28 PM

    @buffalostampede90

    Lol at a fan of a team that hasn’t been relevant for over 10 years laughing at any player on the Pats.

    You’ll find out who Sudfeld is when he torches your secondary for around 100 yards and a touchdown or 2 in week 1.

    Enjoy fighting it out with the Jets and Miami for last place in the AFCE

  44. ricknau says: Aug 19, 2013 5:28 PM

    “It doesn’t matter who we put on the field, I know what play the other team is running” – Ernie Adams

  45. Obama's Ballsack says: Aug 19, 2013 5:36 PM

    I wonder if Tom Coughlin or John Fox have a private communication channel with Eli or Payton to tell them what D they are faceing right before the snap? I always wonder why Tom Brady looked like a dear in head lights at the line of scrimidge right before the snap. It must be tuff to absorb all the communication coming through his earpeice and audible his team into the right play before the play clock runs out. He and Ernie have had alot of practice doing it I guess.

    —————————————————

    So explain how the offense got better since they were caught cheating?

  46. tedmurph says: Aug 19, 2013 5:36 PM

    hey buffalostampede, you’ll find out who Sudfeld is and we’ll see who’s LOLing on opening day, especially when you’re stuck with KKolb. Best time of the yr for Bills fans is the offseason. It’s when they still have some hope. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  47. whywerule says: Aug 19, 2013 5:42 PM

    forsbergler says:
    Aug 19, 2013 4:09 PM
    … educate yourself. you might actually understand why your team is so good and why they go perfect at home.

    We Pats fans are educated enough to understand that the reason why the Pats have been very competitive consistently since Kraft purchased the team is because of great ownership, mostly excellent Head Coaching (Parcells, Belichick, and Pete Carroll was not half bad), above average to sensational QB play (Bledsoe and Brady, I will let you figure out which one is sensational), and an outstanding fan base. We Pats fans are most proud of the fan base.

  48. gafraidh says: Aug 19, 2013 5:47 PM

    @sportfan18… Gronkowski had multiple surgeries on his arm. They were dealing with infections related to the steel plates. They had to wait for that issue to resolve itself before another surgery.

    (I’m no doctor, but I did sleep in a blah-blah inn last night.)

  49. skoobyfl says: Aug 19, 2013 5:49 PM

    Hernandez can really execute.

  50. bigwii says: Aug 19, 2013 5:55 PM

    I think Forsbergler is just trolling to be funny and irritate Pats fans, there’s no way anyone can seriously be that stupid. Hey, either way he’s pretty comical. Ignorance is bliss keep on hating dude.

  51. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 6:09 PM

    bigwii says: Ignorance is bliss keep on hating dude.

    I intend too, you would be suprised by how many pats fans would rather remain Ignorant and never actually decide to learn what made there team so successful.

    Tom Brady + Bill Belichick = Most Over Rated Puppets Of All Time

    You people really should be Idolizing Ernie Adams

  52. mightysimi says: Aug 19, 2013 6:20 PM

    Offence got better but still 0-2 in the SB.

  53. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 6:28 PM

    mightysimi says: Offence got better but still 0-2 in the SB.

    I agree, they only won by an avg of 3 points in the SB they won by cheating. should have never of beat oakland. almost lost to carolina and needed a lucky kick out of bounds to get into FG position to beat them. truth is they never were really good in the 1st place. The just had a great scheme of cheating, and play call stealing. and once QB’s had the ability to have a speaker in their helment they cheating system thrived.

  54. forsbergler says: Aug 19, 2013 6:31 PM

    99 Qb’s started getting ear peices …….hmmmmm….. did BB record suck before that year? like less then .500? interesting huh?

  55. itsfootballfolks says: Aug 19, 2013 6:39 PM

    Forsbergle, great advances have been made in OCD medications, as well as medications for paranoia. Perhaps you might want to ask your doctor about them…

  56. bigwii says: Aug 19, 2013 6:53 PM

    You Forsbergler make no sense why don’t you research all this crap you’re saying. But, like most haters you want to live in denial because it would be a shame to think that the Pats are just a great team. But, you don’t want to believe that they’re good, you keep bringing up Adams but you’re beating a dead horse.

  57. footballfan58 says: Aug 19, 2013 7:19 PM

    Forsbergler, you are one obsessed dude. Do you have any kind of life outside of being a Patriots troll? We must have burned you bad to make you into such a stalker.

  58. fanasaurus says: Aug 19, 2013 8:23 PM

    Forsberbler actually types faster than he can think. For him to say that Brady gets the defensive call right before the snap is comical. It seems that he thinks the Pats control the over the air communications when in fact the NFL controls and shuts down the over the air coach to QB/Defensive player communications with 15 seconds left on the 40 second play clock. Pats fans just remember as long morons like this guy are hating on the Pats its because they are “winning”, the instant trolls like this guy go away, then the Patriots truly have problems.

  59. j0esixpack says: Aug 19, 2013 9:04 PM

    The honest truth is that all the Patriots TEs have been playing so well, putting Gronk on the PUP opens a needed roster spot for an additional TE, and hopefully helps keep Gronk heathy for the playoffs.

    Other teams like the Fins may have trouble finding a TE and are probably hoping to grab one of the Patriot cuts – so letting Gronk heal creates another win there by denying a rival

    Even without Hernandez it looks like the Patriots have a glut at TE

  60. drunkadamschefter says: Aug 20, 2013 12:29 AM

    Wish I could put Gronk on a PUP list to free up a spot on my fantasy team.

  61. drunkadamschefter says: Aug 20, 2013 12:41 AM

    Wish I could free up a spot on my fantasy team by putting him on a PUP list. Dude is gonna ball whenever he gets out there but it’s gonna suck having to carry two te’s in the meantime.

  62. Ridley Me This says: Aug 20, 2013 12:42 AM

    I’m pretty sure Forsbergler has lost a lot of money betting against the Pats.

    Your hate makes us and the team we root for stronger.

  63. gisellichek says: Aug 20, 2013 9:50 AM

    I project the Pats to carry carry three TEs into week one. They are gonna PUP Gronk. (that means Tebow is getting cut BTW)

    Ballard , Sudfeld (Draft him early fantasy types, I predict he is gonna be famous fast) and Fells…

    Hoomanawainui gets cut.

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