New England Patriots Should Put Rob Gronkowski on the Injured Reserve Recall List

By Scott DelleFave
Rob Gronkowski
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It’s been heavily talked about that New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski needs another back surgery and likely another surgery on his forearm which should sideline him for a while.  Patriots owner Bob Kraft should step in and put him on the Injured Reserve recall list so he can have two additional months to properly heal. The team has “Gronk” under contract  until the 2020 season, and they are set to pay him $55.23 million through that point. A sizable investment has been made, and if he wants to be around long-term in the league, he should take the doctors’ advice and take some time off to fully recover for his sake.

The Patriots still have Aaron Hernandez, Jake Ballard and Michael Hoomanawanui at the position, and they are highly talented athletes. While they don’t have the receivers they had in past years, they still have quarterback Tom Brady who can turn lesser talented athletes into great players.

However, the problem is the first eight weeks are a fairly bumpy road for the Patriots including four divisional games (they play the New York Jets twice) and two notable opponents in that time with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons, both on the road. All in all, it is a high risk to play Gronkowski after all the surgeries, however is it a higher risk if the Patriots don’t play him? Time will tell on this one for sure in which ever way the team chooses to go.

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