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Gronkowski hasn’t been cleared yet

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As we reported earlier this week, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski expects to be cleared to play on Sunday for the first time since breaking his arm for a second time during the 2012 playoffs.

But Gronkowski, per a source with knowledge of the situation, still has not been cleared.  While clearance could come today or tomorrow, we’re told there is now less optimism regarding the situation.

The play-or-no-play decision will come from Dr. James Andrews, who will rely on scans of the twice-broken forearm in assessing the situation.

This news comes on the heels of an article from WEEI.com regarding concerns over the initial surgery performed by Dr. Tom Gill, the Patriots physician.  Citing unnamed sources, WEEI.com reports that there’s a belief the arm would have healed without surgery, but that surgery was conducted to hasten the healing process.

When Gronkowski returned in January, the arm was broken in a different place, prompting another surgery.  Then, an infection arose, resulting in multiple additional procedures.

The Patriots decided in August to move Gronkowski from the physically unable to perform list to the active roster.  Many interpreted that as a sign of strong confidence that Gronkowski will play at some point before Week Six, since leaving him on the PUP list would have knocked him out for six weeks.

But he also wouldn’t have been able to practice.  For most of the last six weeks, he’s been practicing.  If he had been left of the PUP list, it would have been a tall order to expect him to return to practice for the first time after Week Six, and then to play in Week Seven.

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26 Responses to “Gronkowski hasn’t been cleared yet”
  1. buddysguys says: Oct 11, 2013 8:30 AM

    GRONK PLAY FOOTBALL.

  2. bradybbgoat says: Oct 11, 2013 8:36 AM

    The biggest benefit to leaving him off the PUP list?

    Patriots opponents have had to prepare for him for every game so far.

  3. jnbnet says: Oct 11, 2013 8:42 AM

    A healthy Gronk would be a boost for the Patriots. they could use him when the Saints come marching in.

  4. kremis says: Oct 11, 2013 8:50 AM

    On another note the Steelers have been cleared to play this year, but have decided not to!

  5. gottagoballsout says: Oct 11, 2013 8:56 AM

    Hearing updates on this guy is like waiting for Godot to arrive. Any day now . . .

  6. onlythebest36 says: Oct 11, 2013 9:24 AM

    He will be.

  7. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Oct 11, 2013 9:38 AM

    This “game” within the game—i.e., will “Gronk” play, or won’t “Gronk” play?—is becoming tiresome. For purpose of the Saints game, I don’t think it matters.

    By my calculation, Gronkowski hasn’t played for New England in some nine months. Realistically speaking, does anyone think one more week (the difference between Week 5 and Week 6) spells the difference on whether he’s “medically cleared” to play? If Gronkowski has chronic (i.e., recurring) issues both with respect to his back and forearm, and he misses a third consecutive playoff run this year—assuming, of course, the Patriots make the playoffs—then I’m thinking here what was heretofore unthinkable. A discussion should start on whether Gronkowski should be traded before teams conclude—rightly or wrongly—that he’s too injury prone.

  8. usa98j30t4 says: Oct 11, 2013 9:44 AM

    Put him on IR. Hopefully, he’ll be healthy for training camp.

  9. hanifmiller says: Oct 11, 2013 9:53 AM

    I can’t stand the Pats but I miss Gronk. Football needs more cave men.

  10. ampats says: Oct 11, 2013 9:54 AM

    Starting to get tired of the will he/won’t he stories.

    Get Gronk on the field, even for just red zone situations. What was once the most lethal TE combo in the NFL is now just a shell of itself ( as 1/2 the combo is sitting in a jail cell). Hopefully the rookies take another step forward and Amendola/Edelman continue to produce.The Patriots need to get through the first half of the season as it should be all hands on deck for the stretch run.

  11. r8dernation says: Oct 11, 2013 9:56 AM

    Here we go again!

  12. azarkhan says: Oct 11, 2013 10:04 AM

    Not surprised. He should wait until after the bye week to come back to make sure he’s completely recovered from the surgeries.

  13. expatpatfan says: Oct 11, 2013 10:08 AM

    Brady also skipped having Gill operate on his knee. I’m beginning to think he (Gill) shouldn’t be in his position.

  14. whiteknightblackheart says: Oct 11, 2013 10:13 AM

    This is starting to piss me off.

  15. boisestatewhodat says: Oct 11, 2013 10:13 AM

    It doesn’t matter if he does play. It would matter if the team they’re playing didn’t have someone named Jimmy Graham. What I mean by that is, the Saints defense goes up against the best there is in practice every week…sorry, and I’m not a Pats hater but…they don’t have a prayer this weekend!

  16. larock31 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:15 AM

    Not the news I wanted to hear considering I have a jersey bet with a Saints fan. I did not want to wear that small a$$ jersey again. looks like I’ll have to sqeeze my man frame into that 3T sized jersey AGAIN!!! Thanks Pats.

  17. dexterismyhero says: Oct 11, 2013 10:18 AM

    Neither has Hernandez!!!

  18. metintodd says: Oct 11, 2013 10:50 AM

    Maybe it’s time to fire the team surgeon. Sounds like too many surgeries were done to hasten Gronk’s return.

  19. boisestatewhodat says: Oct 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    Saints 38…Pats 17.

  20. igotgamenj says: Oct 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    One Big Hit away from early retirement…

  21. northstarnic says: Oct 11, 2013 11:15 AM

    How about he just changes his name to D. Rose?

  22. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 11, 2013 11:36 AM

    Does he or doesn’t he?
    Only his hairdresser knows for sure.

  23. steviaquinn says: Oct 11, 2013 11:49 AM

    Me Gronk, me score touchdown now

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 11, 2013 3:35 PM

    Me Gronk.
    Me DRunk.
    Me broke arm.
    Me sit bench.
    Me watch Graham.

  25. cranespy says: Oct 11, 2013 5:00 PM

    this will be ugly….Saints in a route. 35-13

  26. mogogo1 says: Oct 11, 2013 5:22 PM

    These days everybody expects bodies to heal in record time. In Gronk’s case, that hasn’t happened and it sounds like they made things much worse by trying to force the issue.

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