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Gronkowski’s announcement a little confusing


Yes, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has declared that he has gotten the green light to play on Sunday from his doctors, after a torn ACL derailed his 2013 season.  The bigger question could be whether he got the green light from his head coach to disclose that he got the green light from his doctors.

When it comes to injury information, the Patriots notoriously disclose none of it.  Or, when it comes to Tom Brady’s chronic right shoulder problem, deliberate misinformation.  Last year, for example, Gronkowski was routinely listed as questionable as he continued to recover from multiple arm surgeries, hinting at a 50-50 chance he’d play even though, in hindsight, it was clear he wasn’t going to suit up early in the season.

This year, instead of keeping the Week One opponent guessing about whether he’ll play, Gronkowski has revealed on his own that he’ll play.  He either did so without the blessing of the boss, or as part of a deliberate plan to make the Dolphins think they’ll see more of Gronk than they actually will.

If it’s the former, Gronk could still be chafing from the questions that swirled last year regarding whether he was milking the arm injury, able to practice but unwilling to play.  Or maybe he’s feeling a heightened sense of urgency to play now that Tim Wright has arrived.  If it’s the latter, it’s hardly out of character.

Regardless, it’s unusual for anyone from the team to be quite so forthcoming when it comes to injuries.  And it’s hard not to wonder whether, given Belichick’s Naval Academy upbringing and penchant for strategic gamesmanship, the Dolphins won’t see Gronkowski very much, and possibly not at all.

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26 Responses to “Gronkowski’s announcement a little confusing”
  1. drunkwino says: Sep 1, 2014 5:44 PM

    He was a little drunk when he made the announcement and forgot he isn’t supposed to do that.

  2. bsizemore68 says: Sep 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    The fish will be ready for him no matter what, to not be is stupid, he will get an ear full from Bill for sure, rule one is keep your mouth shut. Bill

  3. thefootballgodssay says: Sep 1, 2014 5:45 PM


  4. greej1938l says: Sep 1, 2014 6:23 PM

    He better play! As far as my fantasy team is concerned

  5. terripet says: Sep 1, 2014 6:27 PM

    By week 10 get ready for the IR.

  6. annes22 says: Sep 1, 2014 6:30 PM

    I am sure the Dolphins will be ready for him anyway. He will probably injure something anyway because he’s prone to drama.

  7. FinFan68 says: Sep 1, 2014 6:39 PM

    Quality player. He is only 9 months removed from a torn ACL and MCL and has had little if any practice. I hope he does play because he likely won’t look like his pro-bowl self so early.

  8. rebosprj says: Sep 1, 2014 7:01 PM

    Patriots will probably just start the practice squad, after all they are only playing the fish…

  9. qdog112 says: Sep 1, 2014 7:22 PM

    Isn’t he the guy who was Johnny Manziel before Johnny Manziel?

  10. timpiker says: Sep 1, 2014 7:30 PM

    Just can’t miss a chance to criticize Belichick. Always gotta cut something.

  11. kd75 says: Sep 1, 2014 7:54 PM

    Gronk want play. Now! RAWR.

  12. thelastwordyaheard says: Sep 1, 2014 8:24 PM

    Pats could beat the lowly ‘phins with Red Sox players

  13. dalcow4 says: Sep 1, 2014 8:36 PM

    What is NOT confusing is that Belicheat is cheating again.

  14. fearthehoody says: Sep 1, 2014 8:54 PM


  15. piratefreedom says: Sep 1, 2014 9:08 PM

    I’m looking forward to the season opener. Miami is always a tough game for the Pats, especially when its down there in the heat.
    A good test to see if the 2014 Patriots can live up to the preseason promise.

  16. jetsareajoke says: Sep 1, 2014 9:22 PM

    So, I guess you patsy fans will be wanting to join forces with ESPN to cancel the season if the Fins do win the game? I mean, I keep reading all these comments from patsy fans about how easy it will be for them to win the game (how easily they seem to forget the end of last season). And since ESPN has already anointed them SuperBowl champs, if they do lose I guess you’ll all join hands and sing Kumbaya because to lose to such a bad team would really really have to be embarrassing.

  17. iammrbinky says: Sep 1, 2014 9:52 PM

    Didn’t Miami win the last meeting?

  18. Deb says: Sep 1, 2014 9:57 PM

    The NFL requires teams to disclose injury information solely as an accommodation to oddsmakers. It’s poor gamesmanship. Opposing teams shouldn’t know which injured players will be able to suit up on any given Sunday (Monday, Thursday). It’s a ridiculous rule, and though I’m a Steelers fan, I applaud the Patriots for doing what they can to keep that info in-house.

  19. ohand16 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:24 PM

    Gronk will never be the same. Oh wait I thought this article was about Chris.

  20. ohand16 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:27 PM

    And yet remarkably the Steelers still stink

  21. kissbillsrings says: Sep 1, 2014 11:30 PM

    GRONK is best TE in football… There is absolutely no other player at his position that DOMINATES in ALL PHASES
    I’m so glad he’s a Patriot!!!

  22. 305phinphan says: Sep 2, 2014 1:23 AM

    thelastwordyaheard says:
    Sep 1, 2014 8:24 PM
    Pats could beat the lowly ‘phins with Red Sox players

    Funny because last time they came to Miami with their starters they lost because of a guy Miami picked up off of the 49ers practice squad a few short days prior.

  23. brazzz01 says: Sep 2, 2014 7:41 AM

    “The New England Patriots are the gold standard franchise of the NFL”
    – Shannon Sharpe

    I like saying that because I know Patriot haters are seething every time they see it.


  24. hehateme2 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:57 AM

    And all while they have poor Don Jones strapped to a chair with a bright light shining on him, pumping him for information.

    Name a year the patz didn’t poach a Dolphins player soon before a game. Weak sauce.

  25. acurat says: Sep 2, 2014 9:28 AM

    I have Tim Wright as my backup TE on my fantasy team. He was pretty good in Tampa when he did not have a consistant QB to throw to him last year. Brady would have a field day with him out there. Question is, does anyone think he will get enough playing time?

  26. shakespeare22 says: Sep 2, 2014 10:55 AM

    Dolphins – 31 / Patriots – 13

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