The Rob Gronkowski rumor mill has been busy so far in the last couple of weeks. It started with the story that he and the Patriots were not seeing eye-to-eye on his return. Then he missed Sunday's game. Finally, he disputed the story of a rift between him and the Patriots and said everything is fine between the two sides.
Pro Football Talk reports that the tight end is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. A source told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio earlier today that Gronkowski would likely be out for the fifth straight week.
If the news is true, it brings into question whether or not the Patriots should have put Gronkowski on the PUP list which would have kept him out until Week 6 of the season. If they had done that, the Patriots would have been able to use an extra roster spot for someone else.
With the release of tight end Zach Sudfeld yesterday, it could have signaled that Gronkowski was expected to return to the playing field this Sunday.
While Gronkowski is considered unlikely to play Sunday, it doesn't necessarily mean he definitely won't. After all, he was pronounced out until the team left for Atlanta last Saturday. As the article points out, it also means that even if Gronkowski travels with the team another decision could be made within that timeframe as to whether he truly plays or not.
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