There are a lot of rumblings in New England about Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Supposedly some of his teammates are baffled that he isn’t playing, basing their opinions on what they saw him do in practice. Rob Gronkowski on the other hand said that he wasn’t cleared by doctors and that is why he didn’t play.
This might come as a bit of a shock, but Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus defended his client and said that when he is ready he will play. It might even be this weekend.
From Ben Volin of the Boston Globe:
“I don’t understand why this story has gotten so much traction. There are dozens of players around the NFL who aren’t playing because they are injured and coming back from surgery. And in Rob’s case, this is really straight forward. Up to this point he hasn’t been cleared to play in a game. He has not been cleared by Dr. Andrews, who is the supervising doctor.”
“There’s a huge difference between being cleared to practice and being cleared to play in a game. I’ve had great dialogue with coach Belichick and the Patriots medical staff, and Rob and his family. Everybody’s on the same page, except it’s gotten a lot of play in the media and all these unsubstantiated sources.”
“All I can tell you it’s really straight forward, when Rob is cleared, he’ll play. It shouldn’t be a big surprise to people that the guy has a very cautious approach right now, because he had four operations on that forearm and he had a back operation.”
“Quite frankly, it’s not a huge upset that up to this point he hasn’t been cleared to play in a game. We anticipated this. Hopefully he’ll be back soon, maybe even this weekend, but there’s no way to know until the end of the week when his doctors make that determination.”
I’d still be cautious with him if he is on your fantasy team. It doesn’t sound too promising that he’ll play, there is definitely the chance, but it is still in question.