Bruce Arians: Two or three weeks before Rob Gronkowski is back to normal

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When Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to action after missing time with injured ribs, he only made it a handful of snaps before he was back on the shelf with a back injury.

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians would like to avoid a similar outcome when he gets back on the field this time around and that may mean a little more time without him in the lineup. Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he doubts Gronkowski will be ready to face Washington this weekend and that he wants Gronkowski to be “ready to go the whole distance,” so they may be leaning on O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate, and the newly signed Darren Fells for a bit.

“We think in about two or three weeks he’ll be back to normal,” Arians said. “Darren Fells coming in this week, veteran player who’s played good for us in the past and love where we’re at that way. Gronk is gonna get better and we’ll just make sure he’s good when he comes back.”

Fells has never played for the Buccaneers, but he spent four seasons playing for Arians and many other Bucs coaches when they were in Arizona.

9 responses to “Bruce Arians: Two or three weeks before Rob Gronkowski is back to normal

  1. Old, brittle and doesn’t train very hard anymore — that’s what you get.

    But it does gives Rob extra time to crank out some more commercials with Tommy.

  2. Until he took that shot to the ribs, he was in the end zone, with the football in his hands, more frequently than just about every other TE in the league.

    But yeah, he’s washed. Whatever you haters have to say about it must be the truth.

  3. When he gets healthy, he’ll be the top TD catching target in the playoffs and potentially the Super Bowl…yet again.

    Somehow, this will be ignored by the “I don’t like it—just retire” crowd.

    Reality can be eye-opening if you just try it.

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