Some think the Patriots are deliberately overstating the injury status of tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots could be doing that in order to confuse the Chiefs regarding whether and to what extent Gronkowski will be able to play.
The Patriots also could be trying to keep attention away from the status of quarterback Tom Brady’s ankle.
Brady injured the ankle 12 days ago against the Dolphins, thanks to a low hit from Miami defensive lineman Olivier Vernon. The injury was bad enough to have Brady hobbling away from his press conference after the game, but his status has been lost in the shuffle ever since.
Brady, according to the Patriots, fully participated in practice all week despite the injury, and he’s officially listed as probable. But if his mobility is limited, that could be a problem for the Patriots.
With the media and fans focusing on Gronkowski’s status, Brady is presumed to be fine. He possibly isn’t, which would give the Patriots another reason to make Gronkowski’s status seem more tenuous than it may be.