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Report: Gronk telling teammates he plans to play Thursday night

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 11:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots watches during pre game drills before a preseason game with New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t played in the first two weeks of the season because of a hamstring injury and said earlier this week that he is feeling better.

Gronkowski also said that it is a “coach’s decision” whether he makes his 2016 debut, but it appears he knows what the choice would be if it was up to him. Or, perhaps, which way the coaching staff is leaning.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that Gronkowski has told teammates this week that he plans to play against the Texans in Thursday night’s game at Gillette Stadium. Gronkowski was listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report of the week.

Martellus Bennett had a productive game as a receiver in Week Two, but no one would argue that the Patriots offense will be in better shape with Gronkowski in the lineup. That’s true when Tom Brady is at quarterback and it would certainly be true if, as expected, Jacoby Brissett is making his first NFL start against Houston.

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25 Responses to “Report: Gronk telling teammates he plans to play Thursday night”
  1. JSpicoli says: Sep 22, 2016 10:24 AM

    There’s a game tonight?

    I’ll be busy rearranging my sock drawer.

  2. chuckshontaspads says: Sep 22, 2016 10:25 AM

    Screen right to Gronk, screen left to Bennett, grind out drives, get to 3-0, Goodell’s head explodes.

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 22, 2016 10:33 AM

    Save it for the Bills next week, Gronk.

  4. tylawsprick says: Sep 22, 2016 10:34 AM

    He’s not playing house until Tammie is back.

  5. thenyolive says: Sep 22, 2016 10:38 AM

    The line just moved 3 points.

  6. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 22, 2016 10:38 AM

    The fragile caveman returns, well at least for a drive or 2.🙂

  7. brettfavrecellphone says: Sep 22, 2016 10:38 AM

    But isn’t it cheating if you players come back from injury…. or have great players….ooorrr have great coaching…. or … oh we give up.

    -rest of AFC east

  8. terripet says: Sep 22, 2016 10:50 AM

    Gronky to the IR after the game

  9. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 22, 2016 10:53 AM

    brettfavrecellphone says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:38 AM
    But isn’t it cheating if you players come back from injury…. or have great players….ooorrr have great coaching…. or … oh we give up.

    -rest of AFC east
    ——————
    No it’s cheating when you violate the rules and get punished for them. As what the Patriots have done for the past 20 years. Funny how they start cheating they start winning.

  10. 6ball says: Sep 22, 2016 10:59 AM

    .
    For those interested in the strategic elements of the NFL, this game should be of unique interest. What will Belichick do? Will he use a three tight end formation? Will he risk having a very mobile Brissett run? What role will Edelman play? I can’t remember a game when there were more unknowns.

    PS – obviously the has beens at ESPN are omitted from these comments. They already know everything about everything.
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  11. patriots123456 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    I hope Gronk plays tonight, but only if he is 100%.

  12. jvw1982 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:03 AM

    I love how Gronk calls the shots in NE…..no one is allowed to talk to the press about their injuries especially when it comes to if they will play or not….Gronk is the exception and Bill can’t do anything about it….Brady can but he chooses to follow Bills lead…..

  13. brettfavrecellphone says: Sep 22, 2016 11:04 AM

    brettfavrecellphone says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:38 AM
    But isn’t it cheating if you players come back from injury…. or have great players….ooorrr have great coaching…. or … oh we give up.

    -rest of AFC east
    ——————
    No it’s cheating when you violate the rules and get punished for them. As what the Patriots have done for the past 20 years. Funny how they start cheating they start winning.

    ———————–

    sour grapes

    phrase of sour

    1.
    used to refer to an attitude in which someone adopts a negative attitude to something because they cannot have it themselves.

  14. blessedunliketherest says: Sep 22, 2016 11:09 AM

    No it’s cheating when you violate the rules and get punished for them. As what the Patriots have done for the past 20 years. Funny how they start cheating they start winning.
    __________________________________________

    What a sad existence you must lead. Do you really believe the 15+ years of sustained success are solely due to “cheating”? Does that make you feel better about your pathetic team? The Pats were over punished for the joke that was spygate. Fine, that happened in 2008 and they have continued to dominate year in and year out.

    Deflategate never happened. You are down to about 6 people who actually believe the NFL-concocted conspiracy that has been discredited by science and common sense.

  15. donttrollonme says: Sep 22, 2016 11:16 AM

    I was planning to play tonight too!!

    …but like Gronk, I will need need the ok from Bill B.

  16. dimi1919 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    Lord have mercy if Edelman drops back to throw and JJ Watt breaks free.

  17. sportschatterdotco says: Sep 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    jvw1982 says:
    Sep 22, 2016 11:03 AM
    I love how Gronk calls the shots in NE…..no one is allowed to talk to the press about their injuries especially when it comes to if they will play or not….Gronk is the exception and Bill can’t do anything about it….Brady can but he chooses to follow Bills lead…..
    ———–

    I think this is Gronk letting us know that if he doesnt play tonight it’s not his call. I think it’d be smart to give it 1 more game, hammys are tricky and he couldnt go just 4 days ago against a division opp…But this game is probably more important to Hoody and the Pats than I consider it to be. I’d be OK risking taking an L here, they probably arent lol

  18. bspurloc says: Sep 22, 2016 11:35 AM

    .
    Fragile.

  19. paulieorkid says: Sep 22, 2016 11:38 AM

    If I’m the Patriots, I would not rush Gronk back if he isn’t ready. Hammies are notorious for lingering when athletes try to rush back too soon. In other words, the hurry back to the field takes what might be a 3-5 week problem – and catapults it into a season-long 16 week problem.

    The Patriots are a solid 2-0 and alone in first place in the AFC East. They also get their legend back behind center shortly. Bennett is playing well, plus Edelman and Amendola are doing their thing. In addition, Hogan and the rook (Mitchell) figure to be key cogs in the passing game too – this year and possibly deep into the future.

    Players have not only lost seasons to being rushed back from injury, but some have lost careers. PIT ILB Kendrell Bell, NFL Defensive ROTY in 2001 – basically had his career fried, when in 2002 he begged Cowher to play – and Cowher relented. His game was NEVER the same after that.

    Gronk is too valuable. Make sure he is right. Then, drop the fully healthy Gronk-bomb on opposing defenses. With him and Bennett on the field at the same time and Brady pulling the trigger, the comical mismatches are astounding.

    -Steeler Fan from Western PA

  20. imodan says: Sep 22, 2016 11:55 AM

    MiamiDolphinsNation says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:38 AM
    The fragile caveman returns, well at least for a drive or 2.🙂
    —————————————————————- Go figure Chippy chirping on a Patriot thread, here’s my shocked face. In 10 games vs. the Dolphins Gronk has 39 receptions for 606 yards, an average of 60.6 per game. At tight end! Suck it whatever you’re calling yourself today, your team stinks, has for 43 years.

  21. imodan says: Sep 22, 2016 12:02 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:53 AM
    brettfavrecellphone says:
    Sep 22, 2016 10:38 AM
    But isn’t it cheating if you players come back from injury…. or have great players….ooorrr have great coaching…. or … oh we give up.

    -rest of AFC east
    ——————
    No it’s cheating when you violate the rules and get punished for them. As what the Patriots have done for the past 20 years. Funny how they start cheating they start winning.
    ——————————————————————–
    Hey genius? List the teams that haven’t broken a rule in the past 20 years. List a team that hasn’t had a player punished. Seriously, I want to know. Prove your point troll. Then man up and claim allegiance to the team you really follow.

  22. randomguy9999 says: Sep 22, 2016 1:00 PM

    Brady needs Gronk back in time for him to spike the balls as hard as possible and deflate them to give Brady an easy ball to throw

    the Pats cheat as part of their team culture and Brady / BB think it’s AOK

    they are a disgrace to the NFL and anyone with a brain l00king at it knows that it will always be an asterisk

  23. ftomasic1961 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:05 PM

    gronk feels he has practiced his push-off technique enough….hoping the refs ignore so the media can still pretend he is a ‘great tightend’…..

  24. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 22, 2016 2:25 PM

    I totally agree with 6ball and am looking forward to this game. I will be rooting for the Texans, but it will be really interesting to see what BB and McDaniels come up with.

  25. jeffstern54 says: Sep 22, 2016 3:35 PM

    Bill Belichick is the smartest coach in football. Brady is the best QB currently playing and I am not a Pats fan. All of you crying cheat are just sour lemon sucking fans of losing teams.. Oh and by the way. I root for the Giants. But I hope that the Pats go 4 and 0 without Tom and 12/0 with him..

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