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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 NFL.com reports that New
England is leaning towards moving the tight end onto the 53-man roster this
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.
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