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NFL Injury Report:
When New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent
back surgery earlier this year, it was clear that he was at risk of missing the
start of the regular season. Yesterday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that
Gronkowski is “doubtful” for Week 1, adding that the question now becomes
whether or not he’ll start the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP)
As he rehabs his back, Rob Gronkowski is doubtful for Week 1, source confirms. No surprise. Big question: PUP list or not? No decision yet.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 19, 2013
Before his back issues resurfaced, Gronkowski spent a
majority of the offseason recovering from a broken forearm. He had several
issues surrounding that injury, and, just when it was cleared up, word of his
back ailment was released.
Gronkowski has returned to the point where he’s again
running, which is a good sign. The Patriots won’t rush him back, and apparently
they’re still considering leaving him on the PUP list to start the regular
season. If they would decide to do that, Gronkowski wouldn’t be eligible to be
activated until after Week 6.
Considering Aaron Hernandez is no longer with the team, the
Patriots are expected to enter the season with some combination of Daniel
Fells, Jake Ballard and Zach Sudfeld suiting up as the team’s top two tight ends.
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