Gronkowski closer to doubtful than questionable

AP

With each passing week, reports will intensify regarding whether Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will play.  By opting not to put Gronkowski on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which would have shut him down for six weeks of the regular season, the Pats sent a strong signal that he’ll be playing before Week Six.

He has missed two games, and now ESPN reports that Gronkowski is 50-50 to play in Week Three against the Bucs.

As we hear it, Gronk remains closer to doubtful, which under the NFL’s injury reporting rules means he has a 25-percent chance of playing.  (For each of the team’s first two games, Gronkowski officially was listed as doubtful.)

Gronkowski, who had multiple offseason surgeries to repair a twice-broken arm and the ensuing infection, had back surgery in June.  With each passing week, he likely moves closer to 100 percent.

Whether he gets there in Week Three, Week Four, or Week Five remains to be seen.  If he doesn’t get there by Week Six, then the Pats will have wasted a roster spot on a guy who could have stayed on the PUP list.

43 responses to “Gronkowski closer to doubtful than questionable

  1. I’d say it’s pretty apparent that the Patriots needed to roll the dice on Gronk getting healthy before week 6.

  2. The roster spot only would have been ‘wasted’ in hindsight. They obviously felt it was worth it in case he was needed and was ready before Week 6. Some players take up roster spots who end up being inactive on game day for weeks at a time, so it’s no big deal.

  3. They should have put him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. I’m not worried about his back as much as the arm. Breaking his arm twice in the same place indicates that he needs as much recuperation time as possible. If he breaks it again he may have to give up football.

  4. One of the worst years ever for Patriots and handling of their players.

    – I will never understand fully the Welker deal
    – Woodhead asked for 2 years 3.75m with only a $750,000 salary this year!
    – Lloyd and Stallworth were both released before they could do anything, not they are begging for them to come back.
    – As far as Amendola, anyone who has ever played high-leve lsports knows. Slow players always play slow, fast players always play fast, and injured players are always injured.

    Way to stick it to your #1 Man this year Mr. Kraft, after making him take the Good ol’ boy discount on your plane, you really put him in a bind.

  5. So let me understand. Your source for this article is another PFT article whose source is a tweet from Ed Werder that heard apparently second hand that Pats consider him 50/50.

  6. How is it wasting a roster spot when he is currently practicing (in a limited way)? If he was on PUP he isn’t allowed to practice at all. So when he does return to action, he won’t be super rusty.

  7. The whole ‘Out, Doubtful, Questionable, Probable’ thing is stupid. It should be ‘Out’, ‘Maybe’, ‘In’. If someone is doubtful, theres still a 25% chance. Even if its a 1% chance, the guy could still play.

  8. Azarkhan, the second break was in a different spot. The plate that was inserted put pressure at each end of the plate. He broke the bone at one of those end points

  9. azarkhan, once Gronk was activated onto the roster he was no longer able to go back on PUP. No one outside of the Patriots organization truly knows where he stands. The media access last about 15-30 minutes per day.

    Obviously, the team felt at the beginning of the season that he would be back before Week#6

  10. “The roster spot only would have been ‘wasted’ in hindsight. They obviously felt it was worth it in case he was needed and was ready before Week 6. Some players take up roster spots who end up being inactive on game day for weeks at a time, so it’s no big deal.”

    Agree with this 100%.

    PFT has long been a TMZ, shock and awe style of blogging. It’s long strayed from the rumors and breaking news it started itself on.

    Twitter has replaced it as a useful rumors and breaking news source. Now they just want to put out crazy headlines and start arguments.

  11. mzew233 says:
    Sep 17, 2013 2:20 PM
    One of the worst years ever for Patriots and handling of their players.

    – I will never understand fully the Welker deal
    – Woodhead asked for 2 years 3.75m with only a $750,000 salary this year!
    – Lloyd and Stallworth were both released before they could do anything, not they are begging for them to come back.
    – As far as Amendola, anyone who has ever played high-leve lsports knows. Slow players always play slow, fast players always play fast, and injured players are always injured.

    Way to stick it to your #1 Man this year Mr. Kraft, after making him take the Good ol’ boy discount on your plane, you really put him in a bind.
    ————
    -No one will ever fully understand the Welker situation, but one thing we do know is the Pats offered him the most money..that’s the truth
    -Woodhead was a good player. If Ridley doesn’t break a bone this is a non factor, the guy killed it in week 1 (not in a Hernandez kind of way)
    -Where are Lloyd and Stallworth playing now?…. Crickets…..exactly.
    -The Amendola story has yet to be finished….but I’m not liking chapter 1 so far.

  12. What you’re ignoring though is by not putting him on PUP the player was able to practice and thus his recovery was more on the teams terms. If he were placed on PUP he would not have been able to participate in a single practice or walk-through. Even if he is not able to go until after Week 6, the 6 weeks of practice are probably invaluable to a guy whom hasn’t played a real game since the first week of November 2012.

    I bet we see him in Atlanta on Sunday Night Football, here NBC. Would make for a must see Football Night in America starting at 7 PM EST, 6 PM CST.

  13. WHO CARES!!

    SEND HIM IN, MAYBE THEY’LL BE ABLE TO PUT UP 17 POINTS A GAME LIKE THEY’VE DONE IN THEIR LAST 2 SUPERBOWLS.

    TB = MOST OVER RATED GAME MANAGER OF ALL TIME

    I LOVED THE HB DRAW ON 3RD 17 LAST WEEK…..LMAO….WHAT A JOKE!!!!

  14. patsbrat says: Sep 17, 2013 3:06 PM

    Either Gronk plays or Gronk does not play – so it is 50 – 50.
    ———————————————–
    Is that why you play the lottery? Either you win or you don’t, so your odds are 50 – 50?

  15. forsbergler says:
    Sep 17, 2013 3:54 PM
    WHO CARES!!

    SEND HIM IN, MAYBE THEY’LL BE ABLE TO PUT UP 17 POINTS A GAME LIKE THEY’VE DONE IN THEIR LAST 2 SUPERBOWLS.

    TB = MOST OVER RATED GAME MANAGER OF ALL TIME

    I LOVED THE HB DRAW ON 3RD 17 LAST WEEK…..LMAO….WHAT A JOKE!!!!


    All caps that’s it little guy come strong!
    Come on we know you have at least 9 more comments in you.
    We know you can do it, keep up the good fight!!

  16. @ flash1283

    Good chirp good chirp.

    Did you like that HB draw on 3rd and 17 that gained 2 yrds last week as much as I did?

    Whatever you do to get the ball out of your Qb’s hands is a good call I guess.

  17. Come on flash talk some football with me for once!

    Not much ammo these days huh? Is your boy Tom Brady got a better QB Rating then Terrelle Pryor yet?

  18. forsbergler says:
    Sep 17, 2013 4:32 PM
    Come on flash talk some football with me for once!

    Not much ammo these days huh? Is your boy Tom Brady got a better QB Rating then Terrelle Pryor yet?


    No ammo needed, we both know what happens in wk 1 or 2 means nothing.

  19. Wow, never seen an NFL team run a draw or a screen on 3rd and 17. They all run that 18 yrd play for a 1rst down. Guess the Pats don’t have that in the playbook cause Brady stinks. ‘Mr Football’ strikes again

  20. When your 2-4 after week 6 should probably be a good time to start him I’d say….what do you think?….lol

  21. @ tedmurph

    Just because your team runs draw and screen on every third and long doesn’t mean all team run it nummty….you should try watching some teams that trust their QB to throw the ball on 3rd and Long…You’d be suprised about how often they convert it.

  22. Great to have you and the spike back healthy GRONK. !!
    Shut all the haters up Bro and come back on a mission. With him, and our rooks getting experience, and when Vereen and Amendola get back……this offense will be running on a cylinders. And with their improved D……they will be a contender in January. Watch for this team to Jell in December.

  23. Teams convert 3rd>15 19% of the time. Teams DON’T throw the ball down the field, with the lead, against a good D, that has a bad offense. Stop trying to tell us what you don’t know, we’ve got it covered.

    Think the Pats could trade Brady for Pryor straight up, or would they have to throw in some picks? ‘Mr Football’. LOL.

  24. butthurt228 says:
    Great to have you and the spike back healthy GRONK. !!
    Shut all the haters up Bro and come back on a mission. With him, and our rooks getting experience, and when Vereen and Amendola get back……this offense will be running on a cylinders. And with their improved D……they will be a contender in January. Watch for this team to Jell in December.

    I won’t hold my breath.

  25. forsbergler says:
    Sep 17, 2013 4:46 PM
    So what ya think about Gronk flash?

    Should they play him or not?

    If healthy yes to at least get some snaps. That way he gets some real game speed.

  26. I see him rumbling around all slow because he’s out of shape due to not playing football for over half a year and some S blowing out his knee going low on him. He will be targeted for the big hits now that there are no other threats to worry about. I give him 3-4 weeks before he’s out with a season ending surgery. You heard it hear 1st.

  27. You can take this tip all the way to the bank. Gronk will be the hottest player from the time he gets back until their last game (if he can make it that long) Brady will be looking his way 90%of the time, if not just to let him use that 6’6 frame to make plays on triple teams.

    Eventually the inevitable double and triple cov with safety help over the top, will free up Dobson and the rooks to work in a little easier. Well Dobson has shown he can get open but, catching mothers floating thanksgiving turkey is another thing.

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