New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has unsurprisingly been ruled out for today’s game against the Buffalo Bills, and it is clear that he isn’t ready to play. The Patriots next game is against another division rival, the New York Jets, and it is a short week game that will be played on Thursday. That leaves Gronkowski’s status up in the air, because there have been a couple of reports stating that it is possible for Gronkowski to play against the Jets. My belief has always been that it is best for the Patriots to not play Gronk in this game, because it is a short week, Gronk deserves more time to heal, and the Patriots don’t exactly need Gronkowski (they really shouldn’t, if you catch my drift) to beat a team as bad as the Jets.
According to a source close to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Rob Gronkowski is “unlikely” to play against the New York Jets, and this report seems to be the consensus opinion for most people. While it is possible for Gronkowski to be healthy enough to play in Week 2, it is very difficult to envision him playing in Week 2 on a short week. Plus, it isn’t the wisest decision to trot Gronk out there either, and it’s best to give him a week of rest before allowing him to face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I’ve always had at least Week 3 circled as Gronk’s date for return, but the real key game for Gronkowski and the Patriots will be in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons.