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In a summer filled with bad news regarding one Patriots tight end the other man in that set may be playing sooner than most observers thought.
Albert Breer of NFL Network is reporting that New England is leaning (significantly) toward designating Rob Gronkowski a member of the 53-man roster on Saturday rather than placing the 24-year-old on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
This would be welcome news for Patriots faithful as a place on the PUP list would have meant Gronkowski being out the first six games of the season and unable to practice until after that sixth contest was completed. If New England does go the route of adding Gronkowski to the 53-man roster the options open up and the tight end could see the field a lot sooner.
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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
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BY NICK ST. DENISThere's been nothing but uncertainty surrounding the New England Patriots' tight end corps since the end of last season.With Aaron Hernandez behind bars and Rob Gronkowski on the PUP list all summer, the Patriots had spent much of the year unsure of what the position would look like come September. They became a bit more sure Friday.New England announced...