Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/20/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrate after teaming up for a first quarter touchdown against the New York Giants on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to injuries over the last year. Gronkowski initially suffered an arm injury last November and has been plagued ever since. He had four surgeries, mainly due to an infection in the arm he injured. As if matters couldn’t get any worse, the 24 year old went for an MRI scan in the off season, to check out chronic back pain, and was diagnosed with damaged discs in his back, also requiring surgery. Not having Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez on the field has been one of the many problems the Patriots have been experiencing so far this year. Especially for a team that has been so reliant on the passing game over the middle in the last few seasons.  Other notable losses in this department include Wes Welker who has taken his trade to Denver. Tom Brady finally might have something to smile about however as Gronkowski has been listed as questionable on the injury report today. This is an improvement on his designation of doubtful in the first 2 weeks of the season. Leading us to believe he might make an appearance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. If you are a tactical genius like me and he is sitting on the bench in your fantasy league then this might sound exciting, I wouldn’t get your hopes up however. The Patriots are notoriously vague about injured players and it’s not unheard of for them to play mind games when it comes to their injury reports. Listing their whole team on an injury report and you’ve guessed it, listing players as fit when they aren’t to put opponents off their tactical game. All of which has got them in trouble with the league in the past. The New England Patriots currently sit with a deceiving 2-0 record, the result of two narrow wins against distinctly mediocre divisional rivals the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills. After watching the Pats perform early on many experts are tipping the Miami Dolphins to take the AFC East crown this season. If there was a perfect time for the Gronk to return for the Patriots, it would be now. Follow us on Twitter  @DownandDistance Sports-Kings Down and Distance contributor Jay Hudson @NFL_24_7 Follow me on facebook @ www.facebook.com/NFLTWENTYFOURSEVEN The post Rob Gronkowski almost back in action appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.

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