Jul 30, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski signs autographs for fans during training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski have 'disagreement' in regards to his availability?

Earlier this week, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked about his Week Three inactive status against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His response was quite unique, suggesting that he was inactive and then he laughed – and continued to laugh, per Mary Paoletti:

Gronkowski asked if he was close to playing vs. Tampa: “I was inactive,” he stated. Then laughed for a solid 2 minutes.

There wasn’t anything ‘funny’ about that inactive status, so Gronk’s excessive laughing was likely done tactically, but in regards to whom? Himself or the Pats?

It’s been a story all week and now according to the Boston Herald, there appears to be a ‘disagreement’ between Gronk and his camp and the Patriots’ coaching staff:

Tight end Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots have a disagreement over his availability for tomorrow’s game against the Falcons, two sources have told the Herald.

This divide isn’t new this week, either. The Patriots believed during training camp that Gronkowski could potentially be ready as early as Week 2 for the Jets game, but Gronkowski was eying a target date closer to Week 6. The Herald has reported since June that Gronkowski should be ready by late September.

A bit of an odd situation, to say the least.

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