Sources reported to Tom Curran and Ian Rappoport, among others, that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to play today. Now, Albert Breer is reporting that Gronkowski has indeed been medically cleared to play against the Miami Dolphins and will in fact play. This all comes as no surprise, and it is mostly a confirmation of Curran’s report yesterday.
It also falls in line with the New England Patriots apparent plan to rest Rob Gronkowski until the final game of the season and use that final game as a warm-up for the postseason. The Pats were looking to rest Gronk as much as possible, because his health going forward is of paramount importance. But they also need to make sure that he is ready to perform at a high level right off the bat, so the Week 17 game against the Dolphins is a way for him to shake off the rust.
Gronk has been out since the 18th of November after breaking his forearm whilst blocking an extra point on one of the flukiest plays you will ever see.
He will likely play on just a limited basis against the Dolphins, which is the way it should be. It’s always great to have Gronk back, and having him back for a bit is great news.
Gronkowski averages 75 receiving yards per game, has ten total touchdowns, and he is like another offensive lineman when blocking. There is no doubt that he is the best TE in the league and all of his added skill-sets make him one of the best overall offensive weapons as well. That’s the impact the Patriots have been missing, and it’s why I’m not sweating the loss against the San Francisco 49ers.
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