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Gronkowski is expected to miss one more game “at most”

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski takes the field before the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New York Giants in Indianapolis Reuters

Every week, it seems as if Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will return to action.  Every week, he doesn’t.

This week, Gronkowski had the most optimism yet.  But Dr. James Andrews, who recently joined the medical effort, wasn’t comfortable clearing Gronkowski to play.

So when will Gronkowski play?  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s absence likely will be one more game, at most.

The Patriots travel to face the Jets next week, before hosting the Dolphins and the Steelers.

Meanwhile, to the extent that Gronkowski has been practicing but not playing, it’s important for everyone (including the Patriots players who reportedly resent Gronkowski for practicing but not playing) to realize that there’s a difference between practice and games — especially under the new CBA.

It’s a point that Keyshawn Johnson made moments ago on ESPN.  Practice is very different from a game.  Full contact on a forearm that was broken twice (in different places) and ravaged by infection is a different issue entirely, especially in light of the report that the initial surgery was performed merely to hasten his return — and that it may have contributed to the second fracture and ensuing infection.

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14 Responses to “Gronkowski is expected to miss one more game “at most””
  1. allday28mvpmvp says: Oct 13, 2013 11:07 AM

    He’s been week to week all season, I’m not buying it

  2. green41563 says: Oct 13, 2013 11:09 AM

    It’d be great if he missed the @Jets game.

  3. fballlvr22 says: Oct 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    This is starting to get really annoying

  4. gobungles says: Oct 13, 2013 11:11 AM

    “Gronk expected to miss one more game at most.” Signed, five weeks ago

  5. nabz034 says: Oct 13, 2013 11:22 AM

    NE should trade for Josh Gordon or Blackmon. They just spent a high pick on Dobson, why not give up a late first or second for a #1 WR.

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 13, 2013 11:32 AM

    So who’s going to be surprised an hour from now at the next Gronk article –

    “Gronk to miss next 5-6 games”

  7. nawlinssaints1956 says: Oct 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    One more week will be just fine, Gronk…

  8. Fantasy Football Consultant says: Oct 13, 2013 12:00 PM

    I think it’s a marketing scheme to build attention around him.

  9. fanasaurus says: Oct 13, 2013 12:42 PM

    I miss Ben Coats, the most consistent, tough tight end in Patriots history.

  10. metintodd says: Oct 13, 2013 12:57 PM

    Oh yeah, Gronk will come back next week. I still believe in the Easter Bunny too. I just think his heart’s not into football anymore. He’d rather pull off wrestling moves at wet T-shirt contests than focus on football. I seriously question his commitment to football right now. What difference is a few more weeks rest going to make right now? None at all. Sounds like he’s scared to get on the field for fear of another injury.

  11. sschmiggles says: Oct 13, 2013 1:11 PM

    Josh Gordon is one offense away from being suspended the rest of the year. He is not worth a first or second round pick because of that.

    What the pats need is for Gronk and Amendola to stay healthy. They have KT, Dobson, and some solid RBs to build around those two.

    So in other words, they need some luck. Personally I think are overreacting. The only team that can play pass D like the Bengals are the Seahawks. A week before that, the Pats scored 30 points.

  12. sdb0ltz says: Oct 13, 2013 1:21 PM

    This Gronk situation is making the media look foolish.

  13. nfl4days says: Oct 13, 2013 1:30 PM

    I would advise the patriots try and get Justin blackmon. Or Hakeem Nicks. Especially Hakeem since the giants still havent payed him and the state of the giants team may push him away from them.

  14. bcajun says: Oct 13, 2013 1:34 PM

    The Patriot Way

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