Rob Gronkowski's health has been closely monitored throughout the preseason as well as the first couple of weeks of the 2013 regular season as he recovers from forearm and back surgery. While Gronkowski has been seen practicing with the team every day since the season started, Pro Football Talk reports that Gronkowski is closer to being considered doubtful for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.
This report conflicts with ESPN.com's report that Gronkowski has a 50-50 chance of playing in Sunday's game. If that is the case, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense will receive a huge boost from the presence of Gronkowski. It would give Brady, a huge threat in the red zone and another reliable threat opposite Julian Edelman as the rookie wide receivers grow.
If Gronkowski is listed as closer to doubtful, or a 25 percent chance of playing, then he will likely miss his third week of action. If Gronkowski sits out the next three games, that will mean the Patriots had given up an opportunity to have another player on the roster instead of Gronkowski. Remember that the Patriots chose to keep him on the active 53-man roster instead of putting him on the PUP list which would've kept him out for the first six games of the season. If they had put him on the PUP list, they could've used that extra roster spot on someone else.
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