Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that there is a “disagreement” between the Patriots and TE Rob Gronkowski regarding whether or not he’s ready to return to game action.
According to two sources, the team believes that Gronkowski is healthy enough to play against the Falcons this Sunday. But Gronkowski reportedly remains cautious and unwilling to rush his surgically repaired arm, and instead aiming to make his season debut by Week 6.
Both sides have been at odds since training camp, as the Patriots were hoping to have Gronk back in time for their Week 2 matchup. The former Arizona Wildcat has made it known that his recovery would have to be cleared by the the team, the medical staff and himself before stepping onto the field again.
Considering that he’s undergone a back surgery and series of arm procedures this offseason, it is vital that he’s close 100 percent before absorbing contact throughout a game.
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