There hasn’t been much negative news coming out of Foxboro this offseason, as they have managed to avoid big injuries, Tim Tebow, and murder cases.
However we may be headed towards our first downer of the 2014 season. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, there is a decent chance tight end Rob Gronkowski will not be ready for their week one opener in Miami.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s anticipated Week One availability sits at 50-50, with perhaps a shade above the even-money proposition.
Now Gronk has been cleared for quite some time, but he has yet to participate in any of the contact portions of practice. I personally think the Patriots are just doing this to be cautious, as they don’t want to lose their big tight end to injury against his own teammates. Gronkowski himself has said he is feeling better every day, even going as far as saying he is 100% in his route-running.
Whatever transpires, the bottom line is the Pats need Gronkowski healthy to get back to the Super Bowl. It’s as simple as that. So if that means holding him out for a few weeks at the beginning of year, so be it. But it would be nice to have him by Tom Brady‘s side all season long, so this offense can operate at the highest possible level.
However Gronkowski being present for the majority of training camp is a good sign regarding his availability for opening day, so hopefully everything goes according to plan, and number 87 will be on the field with his teammates on September seventh.