Posted September 26, 2013

Report: Rob Gronkowski ‘not optimistic’ to play Sunday

Rob Gronkowski's chances of playing in Week 4 don't look good.  (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski’s chances of playing in Week 4 don’t look good. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots are “not optimistic” that tight end Rob Gronkowski will make his season debut against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported on Thursday.

Last week, a report said that Gronkowski was “50-50″ to play in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he did not end up playing. A week later, Gronkowski has participated on a limited basis in practice for the last two days, but the team is not sold that he’ll be able to play.

Two weeks ago, according to a report, the Patriots were bullish about his chances of returning for Week 3, and said he would “definitely” be playing in Week 4.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has said he will welcome Grownkowski’s return to his offense — and with good reason. The Patriots are 3-0, but Brady and his young receivers have struggled to click. The Patriots offense did make strides last week against the Bucs, when Brady completed passes to six different receivers and threw two touchdown passes.

Gronkowski broke his left forearm in Week 11 last season, and he re-injured it during the first quarter of the Patriots’ first playoff game. 

Gronkowski, who has made two Pro Bowls, led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2011. He caught 11 touchdowns last season.


PATS are again lucky they are in such a pitiful division although the Dolphins may have something to say about the 6 division wins the PATS are used to each yr.


They should go ahead and play him, that way when he gets hurt, maybe he can make it back before the season is over.  The later he plays the later in the season it will be before he recovers from his next injury.  

In 3 years this guy is out of the league.  Can't stay healthy.  


Gronk hurt.  Tom sad.  Welker laughing.