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As the weeks have passed and reports periodically have pointed to the possibility that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will play, we’ve consistently heard that he’s not ready.

And he consistently hasn’t been.

We’re now hearing that the team and Gronkowski’s camp aren’t at odds regarding his status, contrary to a report that they are.

The more likely explanation is that the Patriots are creating the impression, or allowing it to exist, that Gronkowski is getting closer to playing, forcing their weekly opponents to account during game planning for his possible presence on the field.

As the schedule creeps toward Week Six, the Patriots will invite criticism for shifting Gronkowski from the physically unable to perform list to the active roster, since leaving him on the PUP list would have knocked him out for only six weeks of the regular season.

But two weeks remain until Week Six ends, against quality opponents (the Bengals and Saints).  If Gronkowski plays in either or both games, it arguably will be worth using one of 53 roster spots (and one of seven non-playing positions) on him.

Then there’s the fact that Gronkowski has been able to practice for the past four weeks.  On PUP, his permissible activities would be much more limited.

At some point, his activities will include playing in games.  So far, the Pats have won three without him.

The next three will be harder to win without him.

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21 Responses to “Gronk, Pats on same page”
  1. rhamrhoddy says: Sep 28, 2013 7:37 PM

    That was fun.

  2. humanlawndart says: Sep 28, 2013 7:37 PM

    Gee, another Gronk story.

  3. esdawt says: Sep 28, 2013 7:40 PM

    Even if he’s not ready to go by Week 6, he’s still been able to practice with the team, which means he has less rust to knock off when he actually does play.

  4. spoilerfutbol says: Sep 28, 2013 7:40 PM

    Every time Florio says that about put him on PUP and have available a roster spot is wrong, in PUP he cant practice.

  5. tahnoonzee says: Sep 28, 2013 7:44 PM

    that’s a lot of time off, he must enjoy partying and watching NFL games now that he’s been paid.

  6. Arun Krishnan says: Sep 28, 2013 7:51 PM

    Or, you know,they aren’t on the same page and this latest news has been leaked to cover up the mess.

    Which, if it was any team other than the Pats, would have been the consensus about what is going on here.

    As opposed to some theory about the Pats trying to keep opponents guessing in their game planning. Which, if true,isn’t necessarily in line with the spirit of the leagues injury reporting rules. Or every team would be doing it with every key injured player.

  7. prosourcetalk says: Sep 28, 2013 7:55 PM

    Lesson hopefully learned: never ever quote a Boston Hearld-sourced report

  8. bennyb82 says: Sep 28, 2013 7:55 PM

    I do not believe that the Patriots want him back sooner than he is ready. Maybe if they were 0-3 they would be more anxious about his return, but they are 3-0. In fact, you could argue that Brady giving the new guys all the targets could benefit them come playoff time.

  9. trg728774 says: Sep 28, 2013 7:55 PM

    Yeah the Pats are doing it so the other teams need to game plan for Gronk because if he doesn’t play teams can’t adjust to Zach Sufeld.

  10. drgreenstreak says: Sep 28, 2013 8:08 PM

    We still want to see Brady throwing tantrums.

  11. boblavoie says: Sep 28, 2013 8:13 PM

    Hey – your the media! Just ask Bill Belechick, he’ll give you a straight answer.

  12. seabassfan says: Sep 28, 2013 8:24 PM

    And BennyB82 wins the prize. Why would you put him on the field now when you’re winning without him, so you can win by more? If I’m 3-0 with even he slightest doubt that Gronk is 100% then he rides the pine. If they really needed him he’d probably be playing already.

  13. rhamrhoddy says: Sep 28, 2013 8:35 PM

    Arun Krishnan says:
    Sep 28, 2013 7:51 PM

    As opposed to some theory about the Pats trying to keep opponents guessing in their game planning. Which, if true,isn’t necessarily in line with the spirit of the leagues injury reporting rules.
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    You mean BB may not be providing the most accurate injury information??? Hahaa thanks

  14. strokinmyego says: Sep 28, 2013 8:49 PM

    I tend to believe this report over the Herald’s. PFT has been the most accurate on Gronk’s status so far as well.

    Why would the Patriots want to rush him back? They know they need Gronk for the long haul. Plus they are 3-0 and are playing a non-conference foe this week, games against non-conference teams don’t really mean that much in the grand scheme of things.

    If anything it would be more important to have Gronk and Amendola back next week against Cincy.

    Not putting Gronk on the PUP list was the right choice. He’s been practicing and getting back into football shape. This whole process would have started week six or seven if they put him onto the PUP so they could roster a guy like Marquice Cole or Kanorris Davis.

  15. TheWizard says: Sep 28, 2013 9:49 PM

    They may not activate him until they lose a game.

  16. marima07 says: Sep 28, 2013 10:01 PM

    As soon as I read the last line of the Herald story, “Ron Borges contributed to this report” I immediately discarded its veracity and believed this one instead.

  17. patsbrat says: Sep 28, 2013 10:31 PM

    boblavoie says: Sep 28, 2013 8:13 PM

    Hey – your the media! Just ask Bill Belechick, he’ll give you a straight answer.
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    LOL – This is sarcasm at its best – nice post!

  18. patsbrat says: Sep 28, 2013 10:43 PM

    marima07 says: Sep 28, 2013 10:01 PM

    As soon as I read the last line of the Herald story, “Ron Borges contributed to this report” I immediately discarded its veracity and believed this one instead.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That’s it! Ron Borges is logicalvoice – it all makes sense now…

  19. sportsfan69 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:05 PM

    Once a cheater, will always be a cheater. No other NFL team in history, like the New England Patriots has been as corrupted as them. Will the NFL ever act on this?

  20. blackcatnfl says: Sep 28, 2013 11:57 PM

    So they both agree he’s not playing anytime soon?

  21. mydogsnameisvick says: Sep 29, 2013 12:45 AM

    The New England Patriots are the most dishonest team in all of football.

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