Report: Rob Gronkowski not expected to play

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play tonight, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots added Gronkowski to the injury report Wednesday and listed him as questionable with a thigh injury. Gronkowski has a thigh contusion, per Schefter.

Gronkowski’s absence will increase the playing time for Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister, who have only two catches between them this season.

Gronkowski played all 70 of New England’s offensive snaps in Week 4, catching four passes for 80 yards against the Panthers.

24 responses to “Report: Rob Gronkowski not expected to play

  1. This will bring the usual cacophony of fools out to comment.

    The offense doesn’t need Gronk to put up a good number of points against a beat up and woeful Tampa D.

    What will win or lose the game for the Pats is whether or not the Pats D manages to play at anything approaching the normal level of a Belichick defense. If it does the Pats win, if it doesn’t gonna be a nail biter.

  2. The Edelman injury will haunt them all year. Snowball effect, no way he would have played all the snaps if Julian was in.

  3. spillertime21 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Steriods tend to break the body down much faster
    ……….
    Not sure i agree, clay Matthews has been playing quite a while.

  4. TheWizard says:
    October 5, 2017 at 6:12 pm
    The Edelman injury will haunt them all year. Snowball effect, no way he would have played all the snaps if Julian was in.
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    Yeah, ’cause this was the year Edelman was going to grow a foot and gain 100 pounds so he could play TE. The absence of Bennett on the roster and credible play from Dwayne Allen has significantly more to do with Gronkowski’s snap count than the loss of Edelman.

  5. Forget pass catching… they’re going to miss his blocking on what is already an offensive line that’s struggling and looking to turn it around. (no Edelman means Brady has to hold the ball longer than previous years, which opens him up to more hits to begin with.)

  6. certifiedballer says:
    October 5, 2017 at 5:44 pm
    Trade him. Enough now.

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    He’s missed 1.5 seasons since being drafted. And is the fastest TE to any number of TDs greater than like 20 (that he has attained). Trading him would be a huge mistake – even if he misses a few games.

  7. Good thing Hogan, Cooks, and Amendola are still in the lineup. Offense has gotten used to playing without Rob Gronkowski medium range passing to Cooks and Hogan will make up most of the offense in the game along with Lewis catching passes out of the backfield.

  8. inyourmind says:
    October 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm
    u haters realize he didnt play in the superbowl…
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    They don’t realize anything. Their envy and jealousy just overwhelms them at any mention of the Patriots. The ability to respect a quality opponent and enjoy a good game for the games sake isn’t in their entitled little makeup. As a Phins fan I look forward to the day when New England slips down a rung and becomes mortal but as a fan of the game I can appreciate and respect what they have done. I can remember plenty of Pats fans making the trip down here to escape the cold and watch their team play against Marino. They admired his talent even when he beat them. That used to be part of being a fan, appreciating greatness when you saw it.

  9. Great TE when on the field, problem is he misses games due to his style of play. Comment above about winning SB without him really makes no sense. Yes dynasty and all that but the last SB was gifted to you.

  10. The best ability is availability.

    It’s a shame, i’ve hated the Pats with a passion since ’03 but that guy is just so fun to watch when he’s actually good to go.

  11. Faberge Egg Rob Gronkoski or Ming vase Sean Lee. Both priceless at game or auction time but both absolutely fragile and worthless on the shelf. I’m no Patriots fan but this has got to be getting old for the actual Pats fans. Trade him and get some value back whenever you can. Come on now. Eventually all the bravado in the world and talk that he’s the best ever is worthless when the dude never plays because of injury.

  12. He’s third all time in TD’s for a TE, fastest ever to 70. Not sure how he did that given that he is obviously never available due to injury, right?

  13. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    October 5, 2017 at 6:41 pm
    TheWizard says:
    October 5, 2017 at 6:12 pm
    The Edelman injury will haunt them all year. Snowball effect, no way he would have played all the snaps if Julian was in.
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    Yeah, ’cause this was the year Edelman was going to grow a foot and gain 100 pounds so he could play TE. The absence of Bennett on the roster and credible play from Dwayne Allen has significantly more to do with Gronkowski’s snap count than the loss of Edelman.

    Edelman’s influence on this team goes beyond the number a catches or yards. Brady is the GOAT but Edelman is the fire. That’s what’s missing this season, attitude.

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