It was the second day of practice that Gronkowski has missed this week and he reportedly spent part of Thursday receiving treatment on his knee at a Boston hospital. Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss of ESPN report that part of that treatment involved getting an injection in the knee.
Gronkowski missed a game during the regular season after injuring his knee against the Broncos in late November, but Schefter and Reiss report that the team expects he will be in the lineup against the Chiefs. They do add that the Patriots will “ultimately” need to see how his before the game on Saturday before any decision will be definite.
Playing without Gronkowski would leave the Patriots without a major offensive weapon, which will make his status closely watched between now and Saturday’s kickoff.