Originally written on NFL Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 10/20/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots carries a reception into the endzone past Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants for a first quarter touchdown on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Pro Football Talk confirms that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is out for New England’s game against the 49′ers this Sunday. According to a league source, Gronkowski, despite being listed as questionable, will not play due to the fact that the Patriots will not risk him re-injuring his forearm after having broken it back in Nov 18.  The feeling is that the team will wait until week 17 to bring him back to rhythm as a “Playoff tuneup.” Expect TE Aaron Hernandez and  WR Wes Welker to see most of the action in the passing game against San Francisco.  
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