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Gronkowski expects to be cleared to play Sunday

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The Patriots are finally about to get Rob Gronkowski back.

Gronkowski, the tight end who has missed the first five weeks of the season while recovering from back surgery, is expected to be cleared to play this week, a league source tells PFT.  While it’s not definite that he’ll play, it’s likely.

The final decision will be made later in the week, with Dr. James Andrews in charge of the decision-making process.

That means Gronkowski should be good to go on Sunday against the Saints, as the Patriots attempt to avoid their second straight loss.

Gronkowski went through a rough offseason in which multiple surgeries were needed for a broken arm and subsequent infection, and the infection delayed his back surgery. There was some talk that the Patriots should have put Gronkowski on the physically unable to perform list and kept him out through Week Six, but if Gronkowski can help the Patriots beat the Saints on Sunday, keeping him on the active roster through five weeks will look like a wise move.

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  1. rjbell4 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    Once again, even if he doesn’t play until week 7, it still would have been worth it, because he’s gotten in weeks of practice that he otherwise wouldn’t have had (players on the PUP list cannot practice with the team).

  2. captainvilfo says: Oct 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    Its about freaking time.

  3. wearethesteelers says: Oct 8, 2013 12:19 PM

    Let’s see how long this lasts.

  4. kremis says: Oct 8, 2013 12:22 PM

    on a related note, the Steelers are expected not to play again on Sunday! ha

  5. CKL says: Oct 8, 2013 12:25 PM

    I can’t wait to hear BB’s press conference where you know some reporter will ask him about it over and over getting varieties of the same shutdown answer. :D

  6. nuxsucks says: Oct 8, 2013 12:27 PM

    And with that news comes a collective sigh of relief from fantasy football owners everywhere.

  7. phinfan says: Oct 8, 2013 12:35 PM

    fantasy prediction: He will be targeted for TDS only. Expect 1 td if not 2 tds

  8. nesportsfan0428 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:36 PM

    Meanwhile, Aaron Hernandez is looking forward playing checkers on Sunday during Rec time.

  9. steadypimpin says: Oct 8, 2013 12:37 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  10. hor2012 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:41 PM

    Before the season started this game kind of scared me. But, now the way our defense is playing and with the lack talent that Tom has around him. And it’s going to take Gronk some time to get into football shape. I really like our chances Sunday. Who Dat

  11. terripet says: Oct 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    He will be back on the ir soon

  12. steelerben says: Oct 8, 2013 12:46 PM

    In related news Tom Brady just set a record on his vertical when he jumped for joy.

  13. jgedgar70 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:46 PM

    nuxsucks says:
    Oct 8, 2013 12:27 PM
    And with that news comes a collective sigh of relief from fantasy football owners everywhere.
    _____
    And I’m leading the sighing. I’m 2-3 thanks in large part because I’ve had to suffer with Fred Davis, Kyle Roudolph or Brandon Pettigrew as my tight end waiting for Gronk to get back.

  14. vcupats says: Oct 8, 2013 12:48 PM

    He knows the game isn’t AT New Orleans, right?

  15. clownsfan says: Oct 8, 2013 12:55 PM

    and subsequently hurt by half-time.

  16. bucthat says: Oct 8, 2013 12:56 PM

    It doesn’t matter cause no matter what the Bucs r better team the pats with or without Gronk
    #Goldsontakinyouout

  17. ampats says: Oct 8, 2013 1:01 PM

    Guess we won’t be seeing anymore articles about how the Pats wasted a roster spot on Gronk instead of putting him on PUP

  18. keepongronking says: Oct 8, 2013 1:04 PM

    With the addition of gronk, the patriots will improve in the red zone and the whole offense will improve as a whole because now the safetys wont be able to double cover amendola and thompkins. Im glad they kept him on the roster because now he has his football conditioning back.

  19. hakunamangata says: Oct 8, 2013 1:05 PM

    Gronk want catch ball! Gronk want play!

  20. marima07 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:17 PM

    Such a smart move by the Pats. Keeping him out keeps New Orleans from knowing how he’s going to be used and will have to figure it out during the game.

    Gronk will make the team better just by being out there with them. Should be a terrific game.

  21. mrphelps01 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:23 PM

    As great as Gronk is, I don’t think he’ll help ALL that much. Sadly, I think we’re witnessing the demise of one of the great QB’s of all time. Gino Smith, a rookie surrounded by equivalent talent, has almost the same QB rating (80.5 v. 80.3). Tom’s been inaccurate and, worse yet, hasn’t even thrown to a number of wide open receivers. I hope I’m wrong, but I think the Brady of a few years ago could’ve done a lot more with less.

  22. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 8, 2013 1:24 PM

    Gronk returns and the two unquestioned best tight ends in the game battle against eachother.

    If offense is your thing you’re having trouble standing up in public right now.

  23. azarkhan says: Oct 8, 2013 1:26 PM

    Even if he doesn’t play, the Pats still have Danny Amendola….

  24. surfinbird1 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:26 PM

    Great news but they need more than that to make it deep into the playoffs. Make a trade for a good deep threat and a little depth on the defensive line might be a good idea. C’mon guys don’t waste Bradys last few years.

  25. selbyrj82 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:33 PM

    Vereen and Riddley still out too. Once they come back you have Gronk, Vereen, Riddley, Amendola, Edelman. Amendola and Edleman are more than suitable replacements for Welker and Llloyd. Essentially they will be just as good and explosive as last year- because they had Hernandez rather than Gronk for the majority of last year.

    In other words they will be just fine and will prove once again that the world should not ever doubt that as long as the combo of Brady and Bellicheck is present.

    And no Im not a Pats fan, I hate them actually. I’m just a realist who recognizes and respects how good they are as a franchise.

  26. mingyabro says: Oct 8, 2013 1:36 PM

    mrphelps01- you do realize he has none of his receivers from last year and is breaking in a bunch of rookies/new receivers? Your comparison makes zero sense.

    RJbell- the league does not enforce working out with the team piece or hardly enforces it. There are many ways around it and teams break the rul all the time

  27. kurb21 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:53 PM

    The forearm is definitely a concern and whatever infection he acquired after the last surgery clearly complicated things. I hope his back is OK as well.

    It is amazing how empty the cupboards are in New England right now on offense. Belichick should have done everything he could have to “win now” for Brady’s last few years in the league. He is forgiven for the loss of Hernandez, you can’t plan on having a homicidal maniac on your team. However, is there really no good receivers out there? This year is basically a complete waste of one of the last few Brady seasons.

  28. skippynj says: Oct 8, 2013 2:07 PM

    I’m sure he worked his butt off to get back for this game. Brady would do the same thing if he was playing against Peyton. You want to compete against the best at your position and Jimmy Graham is the best TE in the league.

  29. terripet says: Oct 8, 2013 2:07 PM

    Does not matter the Pats are done, Brady is washed up

  30. flash1283 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:34 PM

    terripet says: Oct 8, 2013 2:07 PM

    Does not matter the Pats are done, Brady is washed up

    every year same, lame comment.
    He is 2 years younger than Manning.

  31. saintsredwings says: Oct 8, 2013 3:09 PM

    Where’s Jake Ballard ? Giants old TE that signed with Pats. I haven’t heard his name much at all this year.

  32. grabgrabgrab says: Oct 8, 2013 3:42 PM

    CKL says: Oct 8, 2013 12:25 PM

    I can’t wait to hear BB’s press conference where you know some reporter will ask him about it over and over getting varieties of the same shutdown answer.
    *****************************
    Yeah, after losing two in a row (they WILL lose this week to the Saints), it’s going to be way uglier than last week’s 1:45 rage.

    Rest assured you’ll hear the following lines:
    “… Yeah, they outplayed us, outcoached us in all three phases. They just did a better job than us.”

    Sore loser. Always has been. Always will be. Fun to watch indeed.

  33. rodh32340 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:51 PM

    This all hinges on the celebratory Dance Party on Saturday night!

  34. pats1977 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:52 PM

    hakunamangata says:
    Oct 8, 2013 1:05 PM
    Gronk want catch ball! Gronk want play!

    ********************************************
    Gronk: “Me catch ball!”
    Gronk: “Me score touch downs!”
    Gronk: “Me spike ball!”

    Welcome back, GRONK!
    Go Pats!!!

  35. brazzz01 says: Oct 8, 2013 5:29 PM

    Gronk is fun to watch without a doubt.

    But not only will he never be the superstar that people think he will be… he isn’t even long for the NFL in my opinion.

    Too many injuries and too many surgeries take their toll on anybody. Soon he’ll be hit with one too many and that will be it for him.

    Just watch. You’ll see.

  36. neohlobo says: Oct 8, 2013 6:33 PM

    What’s all this talk about the season being a waste for Brady and the Pats? It’s week 5 and the they are 5-1 and they are in first place in their division. They have the Jets, Dolphins, and Bills in their division. While all three teams are competitive this year, they aren’t going to win the division. The Pats will continue to play conservative football. They don’t need to light up the scoreboard like the Broncos. The goal is to get into the playoffs with a healthy team playing solid football. With that said, I think it’s likely Gronk will play this week, but less than 50 percent of the snaps and will post low TE1 numbers. The Pats will be very conservative with Gronk, because as mentioned above it’s quite likely he will get injured again this year if he’s not in football shape and worrying about getting injured again.

  37. ejvyas says: Oct 8, 2013 7:30 PM

    Dont expect Gronk to be back and become hero. Right now the situation is if defense can cover Gronk, Edelman, Danny that is enough! All others are sure to fumble to ball.

    Injured players start from scratch 0.

  38. grabgrabgrab says: Oct 8, 2013 8:02 PM

    neohlobo says: Oct 8, 2013 6:33 PM

    What’s all this talk about the season being a waste for Brady and the Pats? It’s week 5 and the they are 5-1 and they are in first place in their division. Bla bla bla.
    *************

    The only team they’ve played thus far that had any talent were the Bengals, and they lost. Shocker! They’ll be one and done in the playoffs. Brady’s fingers are as full of super bowl rings as they’re ever going to be. Keep on dreaming New England fans. Keep on dreaming… ;)

    Bring on those thumb downs.

  39. 1historian says: Oct 9, 2013 8:14 AM

    grabgrabgrab – not worth the effort of a thumbs down. Perhaps they should introduce a new one – a yawner.

    Brady is breaking in a new set of receivers on the fly – he’s lost about 90% of the yardage from last year.

    Meanwhile – the D is looking better, they have a decent running game and the season is a marathon, not a sprint. The Pats are 4-1 and first in their conference (yawner) and with Gronk coming back it’s going to get better.

    I realize that there are lots of Patriot haters out there but we Pats fans might take them a bit more seriously than we do if they would state support of some other team.

    The old Bo Diddley song asks that poignant question – “Who Do You Love?”

  40. 1historian says: Oct 9, 2013 8:18 AM

    grabgrabgrab – 1 more thing – The Bengals played great last week – let’s see how they do this week. If they stink it up and lost it pretty well negates their beating the Pats.

    And we’ll see how the Pats do this week.

    You must acknowledge that the Pats had to work to get hated this much – by winning week after week year after year, and especially after losing a game. In the last 12 years I don’t think they have lost twice in a row more than once.

  41. jswang3 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:40 PM

    You really would think by reading some of these comments that the Patriots weren’t 4-1. And Tom Brady just sucked@ss. Yes, they lost one game by 7 points to a good Bengals Defense. Tom was off but you have to remember that was Amendola’s first game back and it the timing wasn’t there with the two and his other receivers. It happens. The Patriots will be better maybe not as good as last year but they’ll be better. Stop being fair weather fans. It’s only weed 5 of the season there’s a lot more games to play and the defense is much improved.

  42. grabgrabgrab says: Oct 9, 2013 12:48 PM

    1historian says: Oct 9, 2013 8:18 AM

    You must acknowledge that the Pats had to work to get hated this much – by winning week after week year after year, and especially after losing a game. In the last 12 years I don’t think they have lost twice in a row more than once.
    **************
    You’re correct 1historian. The Pats are hated for being great. But every great team will have haters in every sport (I hate Jimmy Johnson in NASCAR – oh well). But your Pats haven’t won anything of real consequence in over a decade. Who cares if they make the playoffs every year (so do my Packers – nothing to brag about as it’s all forgotten if they don’t win the last game of the season).That’s all I’m saying. Don’t be offended. It’s just sports.

    Good luck against the Saints, and I stand by my initial premonition that you’re about to lose 2 in a row real soon.

  43. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    eport comment
    hor2012 says:
    Oct 8, 2013 12:41 PM
    Before the season started this game kind of scared me. But, now the way our defense is playing and with the lack talent that Tom has around him. And it’s going to take Gronk some time to get into football shape. I really like our chances Sunday. Who Dat.

    ———-

    I was thinking about the same. Not worried about this game before the season started.
    But between the Pats offensive struggles, and the way your who dats been playing, it is already a nail biter down to the first knuckle. Should be a fun watch.

  44. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 9, 2013 2:32 PM

    But your Pats haven’t won anything of real consequence in over a decade.
    ————-

    Seriously?
    They have won many division championship banners over that time. They sure look impressive hung proudly on the walls of every stadium that has a few.

    Then, there are the 2 AFC trophies they have earned in the past few seasons. Those trophies are Massive.
    You don’t consider those of consequence?
    Really? REALLY??
    If you think they are not impressive, of no consequence, it MUST be because you, your team, has never seen one. You know. Up close. Tee hee.

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