Rob Gronkowski “will be very, very close” to playing on Thursday night

Miami Dolphins v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Getty Images

When it finally was disclosed that Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski had suffered multiple fractured ribs and a punctured lung against the Rams in Week Three, it was reported that Gronk could be out “weeks.”

Technically, that’s true. The grand total may be two.

Gronk missed Week Four at New England and Week Five vs. the Dolphins. He could be back for the short-week Thursday night game against the Eagles.

“It will be very, very close this week,” coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday. “We will wait and see.”

Quarterback Tom Brady missed Gronk again the Pats, particularly in the red zone. On Sunday against the Dolphins, nine different players caught passes and Brady had more than 400 passing yards and five touchdowns.

The Bucs should be able to beat the Eagles without Gronk. It would make sense to give him the mini-bye on the back end. It’s far better to have him at or close to 100 percent as the Bucs get deeper into the season.

7 responses to “Rob Gronkowski “will be very, very close” to playing on Thursday night

  1. Best thing to do is keep him fresh and ready for the postseason where he is a matchup nightmare for any team.

  2. I sure hope Arians said this just to make the Eagles have to prepare for Gronk. It would make a lot more sense to wait until the 24th.

  3. Fractured ribs and a punctured lung? Arians would be crazy to play him this soon. The Bucs can surely take care of the Eagles without Gronk. Let him heal up.

  4. Meh seems more like lip service to try to get the eagles to prepare for if Gronk plays but likelihood is Gronk gets ruled out at some point the day of the game. .

  5. The Eagles ? Aren’t they that one year dynasty that benefited by the NFL changing the rules just for the Superbowl. The Eagles got 2 touchdowns that would not have counted during the rules.

  6. Let him recover fully. Brady has other weapons he needs to sharpen, lest they rust. Bucs’ hobbled defense is the one which will likely make them lose games.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.