Rob Gronkowski expected to play Thursday night

AP

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski popped up on the team’s final injury report before facing the Buccaneers as a limited participant in practice due to a thigh injury.

Gronkowski was listed as questionable to play on Thursday night as a result of that development, but signs are pointing to him being in the lineup. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported on Wednesday evening that Gronkowski was on the team’s flight to Tampa and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports on Thursday morning that the tight end is expected to play.

Rapoport adds that Gronkowski “figures to be limited” because of the injury, which makes sense but may not wind up limiting the Patriots offense a tremendous amount. If he’s on the field, the Buccaneers will have to devote resources to stopping him and those are players that can’t be used against the rest of New England’s targets.

That group will be without running back Rex Burkhead again this week, but is otherwise at full strength for the first game of Week Five.

11 responses to “Rob Gronkowski expected to play Thursday night

  1. It might limit his downfield/breakout ability but he’s also a great blocker and dump-off for Brady.

  2. streetyson says:
    October 5, 2017 at 6:56 am
    It might limit his downfield/breakout ability but he’s also a great blocker and dump-off for Brady.

    315judman says:
    October 5, 2017 at 7:07 am
    Without him they have serious limitations on the pick plays and push off receptions they can run.

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    Thats what these stories are for. It allows those guys that sit at home doing nothing but seethe all day at the very existence if the Patriots to throw a dig or two and feel better for 2-3 minutes.

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    The Bucs are down 2 linebackers. With that being the case you’d think that RB James White and the TEs would be an integral part of the offensive game plan. Perhaps Hollister will emerge or the MIA Dwayne Allen will find his way onto the field using Google maps?
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  4. It allows those guys that sit at home doing nothing but seethe all day at the very existence if the Patriots to throw a dig or two and feel better for 2-3 minutes.

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    Waaaaay more than 2-3 minutes!! I’m seething? Lol.

  5. “The Bucs are down 2 linebacker”

    Their secondary is also pretty beat up from what the Boston homer press was saying yesterday. The question isn’t if the Pats will put up points because they almost certainly will put up a lot. The question is if the defense has gotten it together at all since last Sunday and if the Bucs will also put up a ton of points or not.

  6. 315judman says:
    October 5, 2017 at 9:55 am
    It allows those guys that sit at home doing nothing but seethe all day at the very existence if the Patriots to throw a dig or two and feel better for 2-3 minutes.

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    Waaaaay more than 2-3 minutes!! I’m seething? Lol.
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    Can’t speak to seething but you are definitely obsessed if somehow throwing an anonymous childish dig at the Pats makes you feel better for “Waaaaay more than 2-3 minutes.”

  7. We are going to beat the brakes off the Bucks tonight. I don’t see how they slow us down.

  8. Patriots will not lose another game. We will be 17-2 and nothing can stop us. Not even another injury.

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