Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left Monday’s practice early after pulling up while running a route and his absence extended into Tuesday’s work.
Gronkowski was not spotted among the Patriots players taking part in a second joint session with the Bears ahead of this week’s preseason game between the two teams. There have been multiple reports that whatever caused Gronkowski to leave practice isn’t considered a serious injury, although coach Bill Belichick didn’t address those reports or Gronkowski’s status during his pre-practice press conference.
In addition to Gronkowski’s injury, Monday’s practice featured a scuffle between Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler and Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery that led to Butler getting the rest of the day off. Per reporters on hand for Tuesday’s workout, there has been more of the same including pushing and shoving after Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman took a hit from Bears safety Harold Jones-Quartey.
Edelman had his own injury scare last week, but his participation in team drills this week and reports that he’s been having a good day should quiet any lingering concern. There may be some regarding Gronkowski until he gets back to work, however.