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Rob Gronkowski could play today

Although it isn’t likely, it is no longer viewed as almost impossible. Pro Football Talk is reporting that New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski could make an early return from a forearm injury and play today against the San Francisco 49ers. He broke his left arm on the 18th of November in a blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts, and he was expected to be out until at least Week 16.

Credit: Joe Toth

It looks like Gronkowski will be meeting that deadline, as he made it his goal to practice this week and was able to practice on Friday. If Gronk does continue to beat the odds and plays against the Niners, then he will almost certainly receive a limited role. I don’t see the problem with “risking” Gronkowski in this game if the doctors clear him, and the Patriots need him more in Week 15 than they do next Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I don’t expect Rob Gronkowski to play in this game, and the only reason why there is the possibility of him playing is the fact that Gronk is such a tough player. If he does suit up for the Pats, then it will be out of sheer determination from the TE. The Pats might sit him out next week against the Jags if they feel like he isn’t needed, and it will be interesting to see how things pan out until 8:00 p.m. eastern.

You can follow Joe Soriano on Twitter @SorianoJoe.

Topics: New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski, San Francisco 49ers

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