Found August 30, 2013 on NFL Injury Report:
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 reports that New England is leaning towards moving the tight end onto the 53-man roster this weekend. 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. — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 30, 2013 By placing Gronkowski on the 53-man roster, the Patriots would be removing him from the physically unable to perform list. If the tight end starts the season on the PUP list, he’d have to be inactive through at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Just because Gronkowski will start the regular season on the Patriots’ active roster doesn’t mean he’ll be starting the new campaign healthy. Breer points out that Gronkowski still isn’t expected to return until at least late September. Still, this has to be good news for the Patriots, as it would seem to indicate that Gronkowski will return prior to Week 6. The dynamic tight end has been sidelined throughout the preseason as he’s recovered from surgeries on his forearm and back. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?

Report: Gronkowski likely to avoid PUP list

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...

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Patriots decide to keep Gronk off the PUP list

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...

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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...
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