Found August 31, 2013 on
The Patriots will carry tight end Rob Gronkowski on their active 53-man roster, FOX Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo confirms.
Gronkowski, who is still recovering from offseason surgeries to his back and forearm, is not expected to play in New England's Week 1 matchup against the Bills.
If the Pats had put Gronkowski on the physically unable to perform list, he would have had to sit out the first six weeks of the season.
Gronkowski, 24, is one of the best tight ends in the NFL, hauling in 38 touchdowns in his first three seasons in the league.
BEST OF MAXIM
FOXBORO, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski is off the PUP list and back on the football field. Gronkowski was in full uniform Sunday afternoon and participating in drills. Gronkowski missed all of training camp after undergoing back surgery in the spring. The All-Pro tight end was spotted last Monday catching passes and jogging on a side field. It was the first time we had seen Gronkowski...
We reported earlier tonight that the Patriots are strongly thinking about placing Rob Gronkowski on the PUP list.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Patriots are “leaning towards” activating Gronkowski on Saturday.
As I said on TA, Pats leaning towards moving Gronkowski to 53-man roster on Saturday. Still not likely back before at least late Septemeber.
It's been a rough offseason in New England to say the least, but now it seems they may get back their superstar tight end sooner than they initially thought.
Earlier this preseason, it became clear that New England
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wouldn’t start the regular season healthy.
With that known, the questions began centering on how much time the All-Pro
would miss. It sounds like the Patriots expect Gronkowski to miss less than six
weeks of the regular season, as Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that New
England is leaning...
Photo by @MikeReiss
The New England Patriots will not place tight end Rob Gronkowski on the physically unable to perform list.
Patriots will carry TE Rob Gronkowski on their 53-man roster and not place him on PUP, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2013
With Gronk likely on track to be back at the end of September, it made sense for the Pats to keep...