Patriots Rumors: Team optimistic about Rob Gronkowski for Super Bowl

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Rob Gronkowski
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Rob Gronkowski /

Recent Patriots rumors have been about the status of Rob Gronkowski for the Super Bowl. Do the Patriots believe he will be able to play?

After defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game, Patriots rumors instantly started about the health of Rob Gronkowski. Early in the game, Gronkowski suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit.

It was pretty clear right away that Gronkowski was dazed, as he got up very slowly from the hit and looked a bit wobbly. After not coming out with the rest of the team at halftime, the Patriots shortly announced after that he did indeed suffer a concussion and would be out for the rest of the game.

As the best weapon the team has, the Patriots were able to overcome a large deficit and still come back to defeat the Jaguars. However, all eyes are now going to be on the health of Gronkowski moving forward.

Fortunately for Gronkowski and the Patriots, they have the bye week between now and the Super Bowl. According to Pro Football Talk, the Patriots are optimistic that Gronkowski will be healthy and ready to go for the Super Bowl.

Having Gronkowski on the field is certainly going to be important for the Patriots. As both a great blocker and receiver, Gronkowski is one of the most irreplaceable players on the team. Considering he missed the entire second half, it was pretty surprising that the Patriots’ offense was able to do as well as they did against a talented defense for the Jaguars.

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If not for Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks stepping up in the second half, the Patriots could have easily lost to the Jaguars. In the Super Bowl, the Patriots will be favored as expected, as the Eagles will continue to try and thrive in the underdog role with Nick Foles at quarterback. For New England, a healthy Gronk will be the biggest storyline heading into the Super Bowl.