Saturday, August 31, 2013
Latest on Gronk's status to start season
By Brent Sobleski
UPDATE: A decision has finally been made regarding whether or not New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be placed on the regular season PUP list. The Patriots will have Gronkowski available to the team before week six as the PUP list mandates.
"Patriots will carry TE Rob Gronkowski on their 53-man roster and not place him on PUP," league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
A potential target date for Gronkowski's return is week three against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (see: below).
UPDATE: The fact Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski was out on the practice field Monday in plain view of the media shouldn't be taken as coincidence. New England coach Bill Belichick said it was nothing out of the ordinary as it pertains to Gronkowski's training camp regiment. But, it may have been something more than a talented tight end going through therapy. It may have Belichick trying to establish a competitive advantage.
"Know this: There are no coincidences around Gillette Stadium," Christopher Price of WEEI 93.7 FM in Boston wrote. "There are plenty of places for Gronkowski to do what he did Monday afternoon out of full view of the media. He was out there ... because the Patriots wanted to make sure that people took note of his presence, namely the first six opponents New England will face this year. Even if there’s no chance he’ll play, listing him as 'doubtful' on an injury report for the first six weeks of the season will cause defensive coordinators from Orchard Park to Flowery Branch to at least momentarily reconfigure their game plans -- even if that means the Patriots head into the regular season with what amounts to a 52-man roster."
The first rule of the New England Patriots is not to talk about injuries. The second rule of the New England Patriots is not to talk about injuries. Sometimes actions speak louder than words.
All-world tight end Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from back surgery, but he may be close to a return. Gronkowski was overseen working out on the Patriots' practice field Monday.
"Rob Gronkowski has been running for a while now. That the Pats put him in view of the media today is interesting. PUP call comes Saturday," Albert Breer of NFL.com tweeted.
Mike ReissSource: Gronk won't go on PUP list
"Gronkowski isn't expected to be ready for the season-opener Sept. 8 against the Buffalo Bills, or for the second game, Sept. 12, against the New York Jets. But there has been enough progress in Gronkowski's recovery from forearm and back surgeries to think that a return at some point within the six first weeks of the regular season is a realistic expectation, a source told ESPNBoston.com."