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Bill Belichick: No decision on Rob Gronkowski playing this week

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It’s safe to say that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s announcement that he’s playing against the Dolphins this week didn’t come with the approval of coach Bill Belichick.

For one thing, Belichick feels the same way about sharing information about his football team as certain celebrities feel about having their intimate photos pulled out of the cloud and shared across the globe. For another, Belichick says that no decision has been made about whether or not Gronkowski will be on the field.

“I’m glad that Rob’s optimistic about this situation,” Belichick said, via CSNNE.com. “We’ll go through the week of practice and take a look at everything, everybody, and see where everybody’s at and try to do what we feel like is best for the team. With all due respect to Rob — I’m glad he feels the way he does — but, in the end, we’ll have to make the decision we feel like is best for the team and we’ll do that as we go through the week.”

Belichick may be telling the truth or, given the previously mentioned distaste for sharing information, he may know exactly what the Patriots plan to do this Sunday. Either way, the Dolphins aren’t likely to get a clear idea of the team’s plans until much closer to kickoff so they’ll have to be prepared for all eventualities.

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51 Responses to “Bill Belichick: No decision on Rob Gronkowski playing this week”
  1. phinfan says: Sep 2, 2014 1:06 PM

    Milk the system bill

  2. ctiggs says: Sep 2, 2014 1:06 PM

    I pulled my Gronk and also sprained my Amendola.

  3. rockstart42 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:06 PM

    Better start him I drafted him in fantasy.

  4. thesteelhurtin says: Sep 2, 2014 1:08 PM

    Come on he is on my fantasy team and I need to know!

  5. calvinthegreat82 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:08 PM

    Typical Belicheat….He’s playing.

  6. tvjules says: Sep 2, 2014 1:09 PM

    Rut-roh.
    NO Soy Fiesta for you today, Gronk.

  7. badmoonrison says: Sep 2, 2014 1:12 PM

    Let the cheating begin!!! LOL

  8. luckyarmpit says: Sep 2, 2014 1:13 PM

    If they want any productivity out of Mr. Glass this season, they should rest him as long as possible.

  9. rileychuss says: Sep 2, 2014 1:13 PM

    Nice job with the comparison between the iCloud breach and Belichick’s own privacy policy. I hate the Pats but still enjoyed reading.

  10. ebr362 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:15 PM

    You can always tell Belichick is lying by his lips moving.

  11. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 2, 2014 1:15 PM

    Here’s how many Superbowls the Patriots have won since Spygate :

  12. silverhornet says: Sep 2, 2014 1:16 PM

    I’m sure he has a better chance of seeing the field this Sunday than newly acquired safety Don Jones (who was cut by the Dolphins on Sunday). Something tells me Jones will be cut next week.

  13. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 2, 2014 1:16 PM

    The old 50/50 chance of Belichick playing Gronk week 1 without ever explaining himself for making the situation so difficult… or holding Gronk out for 6 weeks without ever explaining himself for making the situation so difficult.

    Wouldn’t have it any other way.

  14. sportswright says: Sep 2, 2014 1:17 PM

    Sure because Bill Belichik is always forthcoming with the actual truth

    What he says isn’t worth the ink.

  15. scrp2 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:19 PM

    I think it’s time to move on from the 18 – 1 jokes.

  16. dodohead418 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:20 PM

    Belichick always does this, but odds say he is playing.

  17. pats1944 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:21 PM

    Mind games I love it.

  18. patriotsarespygaters says: Sep 2, 2014 1:22 PM

    bill always trying to play mind games and tricks but why though gamesmanship is not necessary against the miami fish they needed refs to beat pats last year nonsense….when half of pats team was on IR

  19. sb44champs says: Sep 2, 2014 1:25 PM

    Yeah sure Bill… we all believe you!

  20. weepingjebus says: Sep 2, 2014 1:27 PM

    Belichick hates both reporters and fantasy owners, and I say this with strong approval. When he finally comes up with an injury report that lists every single player as probable/questionable, I am framing it and putting it in the den.

  21. nite2al says: Sep 2, 2014 1:32 PM

    More cloak and dagger from the Patriots…it’s getting old and predictable. In other words, we don’t if Brady while play either.

  22. baddegg says: Sep 2, 2014 1:33 PM

    Come off it. I hear that Tom Brady is already “Questionable.”

  23. ironyisadeadscene says: Sep 2, 2014 1:33 PM

    Best franchise in football

  24. tommyribs says: Sep 2, 2014 1:37 PM

    I am not a PATs fan, but I love Gronk.

    But the guy is close to being a half-year player.

  25. bmore20 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:39 PM

    If you don’t think he’s playing I have an ocean front property in Iowa I’ll sell you.

  26. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Sep 2, 2014 1:41 PM

    keep hating, jealous losers! have fun watching the pats play in January..

  27. pats3rings says: Sep 2, 2014 1:42 PM

    He is going to play but if I was running the Patriots I would keep him out if I had even a hint of doubt about his readiness. The Patriots NEED Gronk for the playoffs.

    For the “cheating” crowd don’t be made at Bill for exploiting an NFL policy created decades ago to help Vegas. Haha!

  28. willyalistentothis says: Sep 2, 2014 1:45 PM

    If Bill knew, would he say?

  29. patriotinvasion says: Sep 2, 2014 1:47 PM

    Put on your seatbelt haters. If #12, #87, and #24 stay healthy all season there will be a shortage of trash buckets in this country to catch all of the throw up from you guys as Brady and Belichick hoist up that Lombardi Trophy for the 4th time. Can’t wait.

  30. unbreakable02215 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:50 PM

    You SpyGate Schmucks DO realize that if you
    play a team….and have a certain set of hand
    signals…..and then you play that team again….
    and you keep that SAME SET of hand signals….
    that you DESERVE to have each and every one of
    those hand signals stolen………………………………..

    right ?

  31. swagger52 says: Sep 2, 2014 1:55 PM

    It doesn’t matter if he starts week 1. Same as every year, the Patriots are like a college team. They aren’t like the Ravens – 2 playoff teams in 4 days to start the schedule. The Patriots start with warm up teams: Dolphins, Raiders and Vikings.

    Different Rules and different schedule for Patriots

    Sincerely, T-Sizzle

  32. samhackney says: Sep 2, 2014 1:55 PM

    He’s a box of rocks, and he can’t stay healthy. Just cut him.

  33. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Sep 2, 2014 1:57 PM

    Cheaters. No rings since Spygate. Embarrassing playoff loses every single year.

    What a mediocre franchise.

  34. hehateme2 says: Sep 2, 2014 2:21 PM

    The sooner he is trotted out- the sooner he’s back on IR.
    Made of Glass Party Man.

  35. pastabelly says: Sep 2, 2014 2:22 PM

    Belichick is just the kind of guy who would sit Gronk just to teach him a lesson. While he’s a great coach, I don’t think there’s much disputing that Belichick is a dink.

  36. dalcow4 says: Sep 2, 2014 2:28 PM

    “Gronk please be quiet and let us cheat in the way we deem necessary.”

  37. hairpie2 says: Sep 2, 2014 2:37 PM

    Spygate wasn’t about stealing signals, the signals are impossible to steal because they change most every play. It was about timing defensive substitutions for illegal substitution penalties. How, after 7+ years, “football fans” don’t yet understand this is way beyond my comprehension.

  38. ampats says: Sep 2, 2014 2:38 PM

    Football players play football.

    Gronk will play Sunday under a supervised count until he gets his game conditioning back.

  39. politicallyincorrect says: Sep 2, 2014 3:03 PM

    too funny

    I’d pay Gronk for half season.. and then decide which games to play him. This may be optimistic though!

  40. lexd75 says: Sep 2, 2014 3:42 PM

    You Spygaters are a sorry bunch.

  41. dcpatfan says: Sep 2, 2014 3:47 PM

    I’m so glad this man is my Coach!!

  42. rcali says: Sep 2, 2014 4:07 PM

    Awkward! Think Coach Belicheat follows Gronk on Twitter?

  43. crawfish2011 says: Sep 2, 2014 4:07 PM

    He probably got injured during practice. Games missed over the last 2 seasons. Gronkowski 16….Jimmy Graham 1

  44. Bruce G. Owens Jr says: Sep 2, 2014 4:12 PM

    Yo soy stretcher

  45. raymondtx says: Sep 2, 2014 4:38 PM

    You know darn well he is playing.

  46. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Sep 2, 2014 4:48 PM

    Gronk isd Clay is my TE1 and Clay is my TE2. I’m really glad it’s 10:00ET game…

  47. ez4u2sa says: Sep 2, 2014 5:02 PM

    Gronk is a force when he’s on the field. Still, when he opens his mouth he reminds us that he has a bit of doofus in him. Bill’s comments are just intended to remind #87 he needs to keeps his mouth shut.

  48. brutus9448 says: Sep 2, 2014 5:36 PM

    LOL cheater speaks.

  49. slew55 says: Sep 2, 2014 5:45 PM

    Gronk has played for Belichick long enough to know to keep his big mouth shut about starting. Not even Brady will admit he is the starter….

  50. ncphinsfan says: Sep 2, 2014 5:55 PM

    The Dolphins will have their hands full with the Patriots in the Opener, but the Gronk thing is getting old… Dion Jordan was glued to him last year and he finished with only 27 yds for the day. He was injured for the 2nd meeting (what else is new?). His inconsistent play because of injuries does not send fear to other teams like planning against a Jimmy Graham does. Sorry, but he is no longer elite and you will see new TE’s emerging lke Clay did last year. This year I think Zach Ertz is the breakout guy.

  51. bospat says: Sep 2, 2014 9:37 PM

    Cue the haters..we’ll keep beating you!

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