The New England Patriots will need to determine whether or not they will be placing star tight end Rob Gronkowski on the physically-unable to perform list by Saturday’s deadline when teams are forced to cut down to a 53-man roster.
According to reports, New England is “leaning towards” activating Gronkowski from the PUP list so that he is able to rejoin the team before Week Six of the season.
From Albert Breer of the NFL Network:
As I said on TA, Pats leaning towards moving Gronkowski to 53-man roster on Saturday. Still not likely back before at least late Septemeber.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 30, 2013
While Gronk could be activated, there is still a belief that Gronkowski will miss most of September. However, he could be back by Week 4 of the season.
If that is the case, he will be playing in a few more games than he would have if he was kept on the PUP list.
New England will take that.