Report: Rob Gronkowski “unlikely” for Thursday’s game vs. the Jets


Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) practiced on a limited basis on Monday.

However, a published report says Gronkowski’s 2013 regular-season debut doesn’t appear to be in the cards for the Week Two game against the Jets on Thursday night.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, quoting an unnamed source, reported Monday that it’s “unlikely” Gronkowski plays against New York.

However, the Herald reported that the door hasn’t been completely shut on Gronkowski playing.

Gronkowski was one of nine Patriots to participate on a limited basis in Monday’s practice. Also limited were wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin), running back Brandon Bolden (knee), wideout Aaron Dobson (hamstring), safety Nate Ebner (ankle), safety Duron Harmon (hamstring), tight end Zach Sudfeld (hamstring), offensive tackle Will Svitek (knee) and running back Leon Washington (thigh).

Sudfeld’s appearance on the injury report means two of the Patriots’ three tight ends are currently dealing with injuries. Their other tight end, Michael Hoomanawanui, was not on the report.

The only Patriots player not to practice on Monday was running back Shane Vereen, who has a wrist injury that’s expected to keep him out a “few” weeks, according to Jay Glazer of Fox.