Much has been made about Rob Gronkowski's absence from the past couple of Sundays despite participating in every practice since the season has started. This past Sunday a source told ESPN's Ed Werder that teammates were curious and annoyed about how Gronkowski was practicing a lot during the week but then not being available for Sunday.
I don’t think there’s any resentment toward Rob or any other player on our team that is fighting through rehabilitation to get back on the field,” Brady said. “Look, everyone loves having Rob out on the field but we also understand that these medical decisions are out of the hands of the players and coaches. And if the doctors, when they clear them, they clear them, and when they don’t, they don’t. That goes for every player in the NFL. It’s not just our team, it’s every team. So we’ll be excited to get him back. When that is, I don’t have the answer, but I prepare each week regardless of who’s out there. You got to go with the guys that are healthy and the guys who are ready to play. And look, we’ve had plenty of guys contribute to get to 5-1 at this point. So I have a lot of confidence in the guys I’m out there with and whenever Rob comes back, whenever that is and he’s cleared, the team will be excited to have him back.
The quote from Brady is not all that surprising. Even if there was a rift amongst the players and Brady was aware of the situation, Brady and head coach Bill Belichick would never actually confirm to reporters that players are indeed resenting Gronkowski. After all, even a guy like Julian Edelman quickly dismissed the question and stated that the team was focused on preparing for the New York Jets while on ESPN's Mike and Mike earlier this morning.
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