The New England Patriots have officially listed star tight end Rob Gronkowski as questionable on the injury report leading into tomorrow’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. For the second week in a row, Gronkowski is one of 19 players on the Patriots listed questionable after returning to practice last week after breaking his arm in mid-November.
Gronk, however, is not expected to play on Sunday and will almost certainly be ruled out at some point in the near future. Yesterday, sources such as the Boston Globe and the NFL Network reported that Gronkowski will not be playing against the Jaguars, and it’s a move that makes the most sense for the Patriots.
In fact, it’s been the Patriots plan all along to rest up their star TE as much as possible before the playoffs start. His health his crucial for this team, and there is no sense in rushing him back for a game against the Jaguars. I don’t mean to offend the Jaguars, but the Pats can beat them without Gronkowski. After all, they beat the Houston Texans without him (in dominating fashion, at that).
He will likely play in Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins as a playoff tune-up, but don’t expect Gronkowski to play in this game. The questionable tag is a little generous, and it’s likely a strategic tactic from Bill Belichick to cast even more doubt in the Dolphins minds. Joe Philbin still has to game plan for him.
Gronkowski has been able to practice all three days this week.
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