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Rob Gronkowski not seen at Thursday’s practice

at Gillette Stadium on December 20, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Getty Images

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.

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47 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski not seen at Thursday’s practice”
  1. armchairqb says: Jan 14, 2016 12:47 PM

    We’ll never get the full story on what’s really wrong with him. But there’s definitely something up.

    Start sweating, Pats fans.

  2. whispersd says: Jan 14, 2016 12:50 PM

    He’s going to play. He’s been playing in games for several weeks. Knee is bothering him and the weather is cold, which I’m sure hasn’t helped. No need to risk further complications. But he’ll play on Saturday.

    The real question is how much effectiveness he can bring. He’s not going to be 100%.

  3. cmj0121 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:51 PM

    Filming a new Mobile Strike commerical.

    Tommy Uggs has a new app game too.

    ‘CHEATING BIRDS’

  4. Iknowitall says: Jan 14, 2016 12:54 PM

    Maybe he is scared?
    Perfectly understandable considering what the Chiefs defense has in store for him.

  5. skooter519 says: Jan 14, 2016 12:55 PM

    New England is going to have to have other guys step up this weekend. Too many distractions and that Kansas team is a serious contender right now.

  6. patsxsaintsfan says: Jan 14, 2016 12:56 PM

    I can’t be the only pat fan worried that belicheck won’t let him or jones start on Saturday as punishment like he did to Wes back in the day. In the hoodie I trust but please Gronk and jones be smarter than the reports that are coming out say you are.

  7. micronin127 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:01 PM

    Nobody is 100%, even with the bye week. But, everybody will try to play as best they can.

  8. factman66 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:01 PM

    He had an emergency meeting with the the Patriots head of public relations, Chief O’Leary.

  9. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: Jan 14, 2016 1:01 PM

    soft player, soft team. see you next year cheaters.

  10. buttfumbles says: Jan 14, 2016 1:02 PM

    It was despicable to see Pats fans gloat about other teams’ injured players earlier this season.

  11. whatnojets says: Jan 14, 2016 1:04 PM

    He’s “hanging out” with Johnny Football in Las Vegas.

  12. thun5der says: Jan 14, 2016 1:06 PM

    geez, relax Pats fans. He is fine, he just happens to be their 2nd most important asset, and since he has been tweaked some this year they are just being careful heading into their biggest game of the year. Dude went to Florida this weekend for a quick vaca, and was out Monday night visiting a kid with cancer. Also, there is video online of him yesterday running the cone drill. Relax, dude is fine, they will have him wrapped in bubble wrap until Sat afternoon

  13. scoops1 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:06 PM

    he is on a bender

  14. rjpats says: Jan 14, 2016 1:10 PM

    They probably don’t need him to win this week, but I’d feel a lot better about it if he did

  15. superpatriotsfan says: Jan 14, 2016 1:11 PM

    #PillGate
    #GronkRoidRage
    #Softie
    #HoldKneeLikeYouBeenShot

  16. cmj0121 says: Jan 14, 2016 1:11 PM

    Must be hanging out with Chong, just like Chandler Jones was.

  17. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jan 14, 2016 1:19 PM

    Everything looks good for the Patriots game this weekend. Home playoff game against a solid opponent.Same as it has been for the last 15 years. Spoiled in Patriot nation. Nothing but smiles.

  18. drunkraider says: Jan 14, 2016 1:31 PM

    they found him in a hotel room high on fake weed with some tranny hookers.

  19. boogerhut says: Jan 14, 2016 1:33 PM

    Late night with the Spice Girls?

  20. willyshock says: Jan 14, 2016 1:41 PM

    It’s a one game season now. If the best thing for the team is to have The Gronk working with the trainers, watching film, and guarding his health then I’m good with that. I’m going to trust that The NEP coaching staff has a great game plan in place, and that the players will be well prepared for the game. Saturday afternoon can’t come soon enough. May the better team win!

  21. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 14, 2016 1:43 PM

    If there was something wrong with him he would have stayed home and not relaxing in Florida.

    Nothing to see here folks!:) Looks like the GOAT TE will be catching passes this weekend from the GOAT QB coached by the GOAT head coach of the GOAT organization in sports.

    Business as usual.
    :)

  22. ravforlife says: Jan 14, 2016 1:43 PM

    You’s guys are done, forget about it!!

  23. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 14, 2016 1:44 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Jan 14, 2016 1:11 PM
    #PillGate
    #GronkRoidRage
    #Softie
    #HoldKneeLikeYouBeenShot
    ———
    #defendingchampions

  24. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 14, 2016 1:45 PM

    Tee hee:)

    It’s nice to see Patriot Hater is still thinking about the World Champions as their begin their quest to repeat in a couple of days.

    We own you.

    We punk you.

    We dominate you.

    Always have.

    Always will.

    Never forget.
    :)

  25. norseyapper says: Jan 14, 2016 1:53 PM

    He has his own ice tub in the trainers room. You can tell its’ his because of the stack of coloring books next to it.

  26. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 14, 2016 1:58 PM

    Meat headed cheat. Not surprised his staying at home sweating out the HGH.

  27. unbreakable02215 says: Jan 14, 2016 2:01 PM

    Heavy special teams practice inside the stadium people. Gronk rest.

  28. weepingjebus says: Jan 14, 2016 2:09 PM

    Yes, he’s so stupid that he has impressed Belichick with his film study analysis, and purposefully banks his entire salary for retirement rather than have 12 kids out of wedlock and be broke in 5 years like the stars on your team. Let’s heckle him and his new SB ring, what a fool.

  29. mattwalshvideo says: Jan 14, 2016 2:10 PM

    Deflated knee ****

  30. smasonsmith says: Jan 14, 2016 2:19 PM

    The portion of practice viewed by the media is 15 minutes of two-hour session. That means you can’t say things like, “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.”

    Bad reporter. No cookie.

  31. headwoundharry says: Jan 14, 2016 2:22 PM

    Anybody check the Gronk Party Bus? There is a lone figure inside dancing violently by himself. Sad.

  32. tattooit says: Jan 14, 2016 2:23 PM

    From a reliable source. AGAIN.. Take it for what it’s worth (but my track record speaks for itself).

    Minor Swelling in his knee. He was held out for rest more than anything else. They’re handling him similar to how the would in the preseason. He will be back in limited participation tomorrow.

  33. coloradical420 says: Jan 14, 2016 2:43 PM

    Musta been at home flushing his stash of synthetic weed.

  34. gbatap says: Jan 14, 2016 2:46 PM

    Oh good, so now if the Chiefs win it will be because gronk is injured and then when they go and end Peytons career for a second time in one season it will be because he’s old.

    Chiefs won’t get any respect until they win the super bowl despite one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history and missing their best player.

    Defense wins championships and this team is giving up an average of less than 12 a game for the last 11.

  35. goattoday says: Jan 14, 2016 2:50 PM

    If he was as tough as JJ Watt this wouldn’t be a story.

    Let the “thumbs down” begin. :0)

  36. realestateguy1983 says: Jan 14, 2016 2:52 PM

    First kc, then the cheating Manning, then #5

  37. tb12bestqbevah says: Jan 14, 2016 3:12 PM

    Maybe he got some bad flaxseed oil from Chandler Jones.

  38. superpatriotsfan says: Jan 14, 2016 3:21 PM

    Tee hee:)

    It’s nice to see Patriot Hater is still thinking about the World Champions as their begin their quest to repeat in a couple of days.

    We own you.

    We punk you.

    We dominate you.

    Always have.

    Always will.

    Never forget.:)

    Yes because you play on that team. Yes you are in fact Tom Brady. We know you’re the WOW player from South Park.

  39. msarcher1 says: Jan 14, 2016 3:21 PM

    He has some shiny things under those gloves.

  40. johnodocks says: Jan 14, 2016 3:33 PM

    How did Belichick get that black eye?

  41. futures44 says: Jan 14, 2016 3:40 PM

    ThePats don’t need Gronk to beat KC

  42. dasmol says: Jan 14, 2016 3:51 PM

    Gronk sad…

  43. deanblandino says: Jan 14, 2016 3:53 PM

    If he was as tough as JJ Watt this wouldn’t be a story.

    Yea JJ Watt is so tough he completely disappeared against KC and then faked an injury for an excuse.

    Is that you Bob Mcnair?

    Gronk will be fine. Pats will be fine. KC will be on the couch come Sunday.

    Book it.

  44. leatherface2012 says: Jan 14, 2016 3:56 PM

    no matta where………..no matta when………I will defend

  45. gysot says: Jan 14, 2016 3:56 PM

    The Denver Broncos physically and mentally destroyed the new england patriots.

  46. infectorman says: Jan 14, 2016 4:06 PM

    All the usual haters are in attendance today.

    How ya’ doing guys? It’s your favorite time of the year;
    the time when your team is planning their offseason activities and the Pats are on a Quest to continue 15+ years of dominance.

    All is right in the Football Universe.

    Suckit Haters!

  47. plum54 says: Jan 14, 2016 4:36 PM

    Same old haters, same old posts, same old pathetic lives they have. Sure sucks to be them!! Nothing better to do , other than post about the 4 time super bowl champs. Pretty sad!
    Go Pats!!

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