Today it was reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a good chance of not seeing the field on Sunday night. This is coming off the heels of a report from Albert Breer of NFL.com saying that Gronk has a “good chance” of playing this Sunday.
The return of Gronkowski would be a huge boost for a struggling Patriots passing attack, and based on everything that has been said in the last couple of weeks, this Sunday night contest against the Falcons was the date that everybody was expecting him to be back by. However complications of his injury may have surfaced, and Bill Belichick and company want Gronk to be 100% when he returns, so erring on the side of caution is definitely a road that New England will be willing to take (see Brady knee sprain in training camp). There is also talk that it is Gronkowski’s forearm that is giving him trouble, rather than his more recent operation, which was done on his back. Gronkowski broke his forearm twice in 2012, and it has taken four surgeries heal it back up (or so we think).
The Patriots are a team that likes to keep the public in the dark in these type of situations, and in reality, we won’t really know how Gronk is doing until about 90 minutes before kickoff on Sunday night.