Per The Boston Globe, the New England Patriots will give Rob Gronkowski another week of rest as he will not play in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and others have stated that the Patriots plan is to allow Gronkowski to get some more rest on his arm before playing in the final week of the season against the Miami Dolphins as a tune-up game heading into the postseason.
The Patriots have been without Gronkowski since the 18th of November after he broke his left forearm against the Indianapolis Colts. It seems like Gronk is healthy enough to play this week, but that’s not the point. Gronk obviously wants to play too, but the Patriots know that it is best for him to get some rest. They also feel that they can win against the Jaguars without Gronkowski, which definitely isn’t a far-fetched idea. That isn’t a knock on the Jaguars, because I am also referring to the fact that the Pats blew out the Houston Texans without the aid of their star tight end.
Sources from the NFL Network also confirmed this report from Shalise Manza Young, and the bigger picture here is getting Gronkowski as healthy as possible for another deep playoff run. Rest is especially important after the loss to the San Francisco 49ers, because the Pats will most likely be the No. 3 seed and without a bye. Hopefully, the Cleveland Browns or Kansas City Chiefs can change that with a near-impossible victory over the Denver Broncos.
It will be interesting to see if Brandon Spikes gets some rest and doesn’t play against the Jags. I just hope the Pats don’t take it too far and rest too many key players, because this could turn into the trap game. Bill Belichick never falls for traps, so I’m even more confident that the Pats won’t be losing this one.
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