Rob Gronkowski's injury situation has been a source of frustration not only for himself but his teammates and the Patriots fan base as well. According to Pro Football Talk, ESPN's Ed Werder says that there is tension amongst the team over Gronkowski's playing situation and his constant absence from the lineup.
Werder cites a source that says Gronkowski's ability to go hard in practice and then sitting out on Sundays has created "curiosity and resentment." Part of the curiosity is stemming from the fact that Gronkowski wouldn't be able to do some things in practice without being cleared by a doctor first.
Specifically, a source told Werder, “If he’s not playing in games, he damn sure should not be doing what he is in practice."
With him being ruled out for Sunday, Gronkowski will have missed the first six games of the season, the same amount of games he would've missed had he been on the PUP list. The only difference is that he would not have been able to practice until after this week's game.
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