It now seems all but a certainty that tight end Rob Gronkowski won’t play in the Patriots’ season opener at Buffalo on Sunday.
According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, Gronkowski wasn’t part of the club’s traveling party to New York on Saturday.
Gronkowski was listed as doubtful on the Patriots’ Friday injury report with back and forearm injuries. He was a limited practice participant throughout the week.
With Gronkowski appearing to be out for Week One, veteran Michael Hoomanawanui and rookie Zach Sudfeld could well be Patriots’ lone tight ends for the opener.
One of the game’s top receiving threats at his position, the 24-year-old Gronkowski has caught 187 passes for 2,663 yards and 38 touchdowns in regular-season play since 2010.