So this is interesting. Apparently, the New England Patriots don’t know when Rob Gronkowski will be back following his back surgery set to take place tomorrow, thus playing into the pessimistic state of mind that some people like to drum up. ESPN’s Ed Werder reported on SportsCenter that the Patriots really have no clue when Rob Gronkowski will rejoin the team following the injury, and the picture will only get clearer after Gronkowski’s procedure tomorrow.
Werder said, “The fact is the Patriots really don’t know when he’s gonna come back.”
I’m not scared, though, because Werder added that Bill Belichick, as always, has several backup plans in mind for the Patriots if Gronkowski does end up having to miss significant time. The Patriots have the most tight ends in the NFL with seven, as Werder notes, and Zach Sudfeld should make the roster if Gronkowski is placed on the PUP list.
Based on the news I am hearing and the articles I read on the Boston Globe etc., it sounds like the PUP list is a very likely scenario for Gronkowski. In fact, it looks like the most likely and best scenario for the New England Patriots, because Gronkowski is needed later on in the season and not through the first six weeks. Placing him on the PUP list would also allow another player like Sudfeld (or somebody outside of the tight end position) to make the roster in Gronkowski’s place. It isn’t ideal to have him miss games, but Gronkowski needs the rest and has always struggled with chronic back pain; this operation is a good thing for Gronk, since it will alleviate his constant back pain.