Earlier in the week, Ed Werder of ESPN reported that it was no longer likely that Rob Gronkowski would play today versus the Saints. This initial report has held true, as multiple reports have been released this morning, stating that Gronkowski will not play in today’s game.
However, it seems that another issue has surfaced amid this weird situation. Ed Werder released a report today, saying that according to multiple sources, there is growing ‘resentment’ towards Gronkowski in the Patriots locker room, because of his absence on game-days, despite being present throughout the week at practice. This quote comes from one of Werder’s sources, summing up the feelings that the Pats may have towards their big tight end.
“There’s curiosity and resentment, and he’s creating it by going out and kicking ass during the week and then he doesn’t show up on game day and help the team win”
If this is in fact how a good portion of the New England roster feels about Gronkowski’s health, then they may have a little bit of a locker room problem. I am sure that Gronkowski is doing the right thing by sitting out (he still hasn’t been medically cleared anyway), but if his teammates are now questioning him, Belichick will have to do some damage control in the coming weeks.