Patriots Rumors: Rob Gronkowski expected to play vs Buffalo Bills

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New England Patriots rumors involving tight end Rob Gronkowski look to be positive heading into Monday Night Football.

Recent New England Patriots rumors have revolved around tight end, Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski missed last week’s game against the Chicago Bears because of a back injury. He did not even travel with the team.

This week, Gronkowski got in some practice and traveled with the team as they head on the road to face the Buffalo Bills. However, there were still some questions of his availability. If recent Patriots rumors are to be believed, he will be all systems go.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Gronkowski is expected to suit up tonight against their AFC East rivals. In addition to the back injury, Gronkowski has been battling an ankle ailment as well. Rapoport believes the week off has helped both injuries.

Unless there is a setback during the day or while warming up, the expectation is that Gronkowski will play. Rapoport shared the news on Twitter.

For fans of the Patriots, and people who have Gronkowski on their fantasy teams, this is great news. Gronkowski has dominated the Bills throughout his career.

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Against his hometown team, Gronkowski has really stepped up his performance.

In 13 games against the Bills, Gronkowski has 66 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns. The only full seasons that Gronkowski has had in his career that are better than that are ones he played at least 14 games in.

Everyone is hopeful that he can provide a full game’s worth of production. However, that is not guaranteed.

The Patriots should have no issues dismantling this Bills team. Derek Anderson will be starting at quarterback for them against Tom Brady. That is about as lopsided of a game as you will see this season.

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Having Gronkowski back on the field in any capacity, however, is good news for New England. It would not be a surprise to see his play count scaled back as the organization will look to avoid any setbacks with their all-world tight end.