The Patriots listed tight end Rob Gronkowski as limited in Wednesday’s practice with a knee issue, but it looks like he is going to be downgraded to out for Thursday’s session.
Gronkowski was not seen by reporters during the portion of practice open to the media on Thursday. Gronkowski was also not present for Tuesday’s practice, although the Patriots were not required to submit a participation report for that workout.
Despite the missed practices, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Gronkowski “should be good” to play on Saturday against the Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs. Gronkowski missed the team’s Week 13 loss to the Eagles after hurting his knee the previous week, but was active the rest of the way for New England.
If it turns out that Gronkowski can’t play, it would obviously be a major blow for a Patriots team that’s expected to be healthier on both sides of the ball than they were down the stretch in the regular season. Friday will bring an official injury designation for Gronkowski, although there’s not likely to be much other information about his condition coming from the team.