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The loss of one may be the gain of the many.
The Patriots cut veteran quarterback Tim Tebow on Saturday, but it may have been at the expense of keeping Rob Gronkowski active.
Gronkowski will start the regular season on the Patriots’ 53-man roster, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which is another positive sign in his recovery from offseason back surgery.
Gronk underwent four surgeries during the offseason, including minor back surgery in June, which saw him placed on the preseason physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list and unable to practice with his teammates. He has been present throughout Patriots camp, though, talking with coaches, teammates and watching practice from the sidelines.
There was much speculation about Gronk’s recovery timeline leading into the season, with most reports indicating he wouldn’t return until late September at the earliest. Saturday’s decision to keep the All-Pro tight end on the roster reinforces confidence that Gronk may return even sooner than tha...
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FOXBORO, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski is off the PUP list and back on the football field. Gronkowski was in full uniform Sunday afternoon and participating in drills. Gronkowski missed all of training camp after undergoing back surgery in the spring. The All-Pro tight end was spotted last Monday catching passes and jogging on a side field. It was the first time we had seen Gronkowski...
We reported earlier tonight that the Patriots are strongly thinking about placing Rob Gronkowski on the PUP list.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Patriots are “leaning towards” activating Gronkowski on Saturday.
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.
It's been a rough offseason in New England to say the least, but now it seems they may get back their superstar tight end sooner than they initially thought.
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...
The Patriots will carry tight end Rob Gronkowski on their active
53-man roster, FOX Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo confirms.
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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...