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Gronkowski’s outlook for Sunday not optimisitc

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Last week, it was reported that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was 50-50 to play against the Bucs.  We reported thereafter that he was closer to doubtful.  He ultimately didn’t play.

More accurately, he was inactive.  Yes, inactiveInActive.

This week, Gronk has participated in practice on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday.  His status for Sunday is still to be determined.  Per a league source, however, the outlook currently is not optimistic.

Gronkowski is listed as having both arm and back injuries.  It had been believed that the back surgery he underwent in June was the primary impediment, but some have reported that the twice-broken and then infected forearm is the bigger problem.

If Gronkowski doesn’t play by Week Six, the Pats would have been better off leaving him on the physically unable to perform list, and freeing up the roster spot for someone else.  If on reserve/PUP to start the season, he could have returned after Week Six.

For now, look for Gronk to once again be questionable, and for his status to be kept under wraps until 90 minutes before game time on Sunday night at Atlanta, when the inactive players are named.

Then, if he doesn’t play, expect a certain someone to explain the next day that, yes, Gronkowski was inactive.

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24 Responses to “Gronkowski’s outlook for Sunday not optimisitc”
  1. helloanybodyhome says: Sep 26, 2013 7:38 PM

    When healthy he is a beast, but seems to be a bit of a tender flower.

  2. patssox says: Sep 26, 2013 7:43 PM

    The outlook for his career is not optimistic.

    We Pats fans have to face the fact that he is made of glass.

    He will never be what he once was or had the potential to be.

  3. shageman13 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:52 PM

    “If Gronkowski doesn’t play by Week Six, the Pats would have been better off leaving him on the physically unable to perform list, and freeing up the roster spot for someone else.”

    False. Even if he hypothetically were to not play until week 7, he gained six weeks of practice by avoiding PUP. Had he been on PUP, he wouldn’t be able to practice with the team until after week 6, which makes it a lot harder to be ready to contribute by week 7.

  4. plarkin88 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:54 PM

    BB can only be so cryptic for an away game. If he gets on the plane, he’s playing. If he doesn’t, he’s inactive.

  5. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 26, 2013 7:55 PM

    If they’re UNDEFEATED, how could they be better off Florio??? SMH

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:57 PM

    Any reports on this are guesses with no hard info behind them.

    The only people who really know how he is are Gronk, Belichick, the team doctor and maybe Brady and a few other teammates. And none of them are talking.

    Typical media these days. Can’t get actual facts so throw out any made up story they can and hope they can try and work it into something else by trying to get Belichick to deny or confirm the “reports”.

    Foolish media lol

  7. pats777 says: Sep 26, 2013 8:05 PM

    To Florio the armchair GM: Why would you shelf one of most lethal offensive weapons in the game for half a season if he has a good chance of playing in ANY of those games?

    To patssox: Take off your pinkhat and go cheer on the Giants.

  8. TheWizard says: Sep 26, 2013 8:09 PM

    Like plarkin said, we’ll know when the plane takes off.

    Cannon is in for Vollmer. Look for a big day running the ball, the running game seems to flourish when Cannon gets a lot of reps.

  9. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 26, 2013 8:14 PM

    If he doesn’t play by week six he would have been better off going on the pup list. Ya think?!?! Wow what a brilliant observation, one problem, that would be hindsight. Leaving him active was the only way to get him practice and if he would have been ready and needed it would have been to bad so sad on the pup. Ah hindsight. Worthless

  10. dgoens3109 says: Sep 26, 2013 8:20 PM

    The Patriots are the worst. They think they are some kind of savants but in reality they are a bunch of Richards that haven’t won Richard since they were caught cheating. Bums.

  11. ampats says: Sep 26, 2013 8:25 PM

    Mike,
    every Gronk article you write you bring up the same lame PUP week # 6 comment, who should the Pats have kept on the roster more important than the chance Gronk plays before week #6 and playing himself into shape instead of being on PUP?

    Inspector Gadget looks like you ?

    Quick Slants ___________

  12. peytonslucasoilstadium says: Sep 26, 2013 8:27 PM

    Sooner he plays, sooner he can get hurt again.

  13. footballphan says: Sep 26, 2013 9:04 PM

    It makes no difference that you claim that they may have “wasted” a roster spot by not PUP’ing him, nor does it make any sense.

    What you’re conveniently forgetting is that putting him on PUP would not have allowed him to practice until the middle of October, thus making his return to an actual game not possible until November since it’d have taken him a couple weeks to get back into football shape….

    Let’s see—possible game played in September or November? Seems like a no-brainer to me. Choosing to keep him off of PUP was obviously the right move, even if he doesn’t play through the first 6 weeks.

  14. brewerfan83 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:18 PM

    Hopefully next time he finally makes it on the field there isn’t a 2 mph breeze that causes him severe injury.

  15. clarencewhorley says: Sep 26, 2013 9:26 PM

    Not placing Gronk on pup let him practice which helps Bill evaluate him.

    They are 3-0 so the roster spot hasn’t hurt them since, again, he is practicing.

    If they keep winning it will delay his return further as the goal is a happy healthy Gronk in December

  16. therainmaker90 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:36 PM

    Just the threat of Gronk being able to return before week 6 is worth keeping an extra roster spot open for him. The Pats are 3-0 so its not like they are in a tough place. Even if Gronk sits out this week, the Pats really need him for week 5 against the Bengals. That is the next elite D they play. Get well soon, Gronk.

  17. therainmaker90 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:38 PM

    The threat of Rob returning before week 6 is worth the roster spot he takes up. The Pats play the Bengals in week 5 and they will need him. Atlanta’s D is garbage so they can probably still win without him this week.

  18. stealthjunk says: Sep 26, 2013 9:59 PM

    It seems to me that anonymous “sources” have been toying with the media the last few weeks re: Gronk and Amendola. Hard to believe anything these anonymous “sources” have to say anymore, but I’m sure they’re enjoying reading all the misinformation out there while they know the truth.

  19. meatsweat says: Sep 26, 2013 10:20 PM

    Even if Gronk doesn’t play by week 6 it was worth it to keep him active. The potential for gronk is worth any bench slug u can name

  20. j0esixpack says: Sep 26, 2013 10:58 PM

    shageman13 says:

    “If Gronkowski doesn’t play by Week Six, the Pats would have been better off leaving him on the physically unable to perform list, and freeing up the roster spot for someone else.”

    False. Even if he hypothetically were to not play until week 7, he gained six weeks of practice by avoiding PUP. Had he been on PUP, he wouldn’t be able to practice with the team until after week 6, which makes it a lot harder to be ready to contribute by week 7.

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    Thank you for the more accurate football analysis!

    If I have to choose between the 54th guy on the roster for 6 weeks or a Gronkowski in better game shape for week 7, I’ll take Gronkoswki

  21. atxpatfan says: Sep 26, 2013 11:52 PM

    dgoens3109 says:
    Sep 26, 2013 8:20 PM
    The Patriots are the worst. They think they are some kind of savants but in reality they are a bunch of Richards that haven’t won Richard since they were caught cheating. Bums.

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    Shut up Richard

  22. gmsingh says: Sep 27, 2013 7:00 AM

    And to think they could’ve had Tebow filling in this whole time.

  23. azarkhan says: Sep 27, 2013 10:01 AM

    Not a surprise, and I’ve always felt that his arm is the biggest problem. When I pointed that out before, some Pat fan pointed 0ut that the second break was because of the plate in his arm. Well, guess what–he still has a metal plate in his arm. And yes, he should have been put on the reserve/PUP list. First, he can stay in shape whether he practices or not and second, how many snaps does anybody think Gronk is getting with Brady and the first team offense? A bad decision by the Pats.

  24. gisellichek says: Sep 27, 2013 11:36 AM

    My feeling is this…

    If you PUP’d gronk… you still have to pay him and you have to pay the replacement… (fells, ballard)… I don’t think the decision was based only on when he will be ready…

    The decision to fix his back was also made with the understanding that arm injury was very very serious… (a major staff infection is not something you just rehab away) … so why not kill two birds. I wonder if he would have had the back surgury if he hadn’t broke his arm? Just saying…

    Lastly… ir is obviousl to me that he is not coming back till he is healed fully and he is in game shape. I don’t think anyone knows when exacly when that will be … maybe even the doctor…

    Make no mistake people … The Pats made a huge investment in him and they are just protecting it… I wish these stories would stop.

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