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Gronkowski will be week-to-week, questionable for next Sunday


With 95 percent of the reporters covering the Patriots or the NFL buzzing around the status of tight end Rob Gronkowski, it’s no surprise that the reports tend to be all over the place.

He’s going to play, he’s not going to play, his teammates expect him to play, his “camp” doesn’t want him to play, his father doesn’t want him to play, yadda, yadda, yadda-freaking-yadda.

Here’s the reality, per a source with knowledge of the situation.  Gronkowski remains week to week.  He’ll be questionable for next week.  He’ll remain questionable until he plays.

For now, the delay comes more from his twice-broken (in different places) and surgically infected forearm than his back.

Inevitably, Gronkowski will play.  But through the various reports and counter-reports that Gronkowski will play, won’t play, whatever, there’s one group that largely has escaped mentioned — the doctors.

Though we’ve become accustomed to hearing from guys like Dr. James Andrews, doctors typically keep their mouths shut when the topic is their patients.  (Federal law encourages that approach, strongly.)  In this specific case, and in light Gronkowski’s history, is it all that ludicrous to think that the physicians are being even more careful about protecting Gronkowski?

Prior to 2009, it was presumed that the doctors were focused more on appeasing the team (i.e., the head coach) than advancing the best interests of the players.  Now, doctors are more predisposed than ever to protect their players, also known as their patients.

In this case, the most likely explanation is the one that hasn’t been mentioned, at least not until NBC’s Scott Pioli broached the subject during Football Night in America.  Patriots coach Bill Belichick won’t be listening to Gronkowski’s “camp” or his agent or his father or anyone but the player, the trainers, and the doctors.

“Bill’s never going to do something to compromise the health of a player,” Pioli later told me.

Meanwhile, and as Pioli also mentioned on the air, Belichick surely loves the fact that Gronkowski’s status has created so much confusion and uncertainty.  Every week until he plays, the opponent will have to prepare for Gronkowski’s potential presence.

So ignore the noise. Belichick definitely is. And when the doctors tell Belichick that Gronkowski is ready to play, that’s when Gronkowski will play.

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11 Responses to “Gronkowski will be week-to-week, questionable for next Sunday”
  1. joaonmatz says: Sep 29, 2013 7:47 PM

    I count the days for him to be active and this freaking sequence of “””news””” stop being made

  2. patsbrat says: Sep 29, 2013 7:51 PM

    ” . And when the doctors tell Belichick that Gronkowski is ready to play, that’s when Gronkowski will play.

    I don’t understand why anyone would think any differently.

  3. ampedup88 says: Sep 29, 2013 7:58 PM

    Hey mike what do you think will happen to coach coughlain if the giants don’t at least go 8-8?

  4. tedmurph says: Sep 29, 2013 8:05 PM

    The doctors can administer all the tests they want, but if Gronk says he still feels pain or isn’t strong enough, or whatever, that’s what they have to go by. The week before he broke his arm for the second time last yr, he said, in retrospect, he didn’t feel comfortable playing. Daddy doesn’t want him to play until at least wk 6, so that’s what’s gonna happen.

  5. sportsbastard says: Sep 29, 2013 8:21 PM

    Brilliant move not putting him on the 6-week PUP to start the season BB.

  6. patsfan3776 says: Sep 29, 2013 10:02 PM


    Yes…it was a brilliant move by BB. By NOT being on the 6 week PUP, Gronk can participate in practice which he wouldn’t have been able to do if he was on the PUP.

  7. mattseas says: Sep 29, 2013 10:03 PM

    Gronkowski will be questionable for next Saturday’s Golden Corral buffet.

  8. flyeaglefly says: Sep 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    How about this….Gronk may not play at ALL this year…he can’t lift weights and according to numerous reports, has lost weight (I.e.) muscle, and looks very thin…it could take WEEKS for him to build the lost muscle back…so he’s scared of getting hurt…maybe he’s back by the playoffs but the smart money says he doesn’t play for 8-10 weeks!

  9. nowillrepeat says: Sep 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    Graham > Gronk

  10. patsfan13 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:55 AM

    Has Gronk become the Pats version of Clay Bucholz?

  11. bigjimatch says: Sep 30, 2013 7:02 AM

    Tell that to Ted Johnson, Pioli.

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