Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/11/13

For a while there, it sounded like tight end Rob Gronkowski was set to return to the Patriots offense this Sunday when the Pats host the Saints. On Friday, however, things took a giant step back. Gronk has yet to be cleared to play according to reports and even though it sounded like he was having a promising week, things became awfully negative late in the week. From ESPN’s Adam Schefter: “New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, recovering after a series of surgeries on his fractured forearm and ailing back, still has not been cleared to play by Dr. James Andrews, according to ESPN and media reports. Moreover, there was less optimism Friday that he will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints than there was earlier in the week.” Check out his tweet below. There is less optimism today than there was earlier this week that Rob Gronkowski will play Sunday vs. New Orleans. Still not cleared by Dr.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2013 Report: Gronkowski, Pats Have ‘Serious Concern’ About Bone Near Forearm Injury, Surgery in Question>> Filed under: Headlines, New England Patriots

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