New England Patriots Rumors: Team Expected to Play Without Rob Gronkowski in Week 1?

By Dan Parzych
Rob Gronkowski
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It’s been an interesting offseason for Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots as the tight end has been recovering from surgeries on his back and elbow–which of course has fantasy football owners concerned about his status for the regular season. When healthy, Gronkowski has proven to be one of the league’s top pass-catching tight ends, but it looks like the Patriots may be without their beloved star.


The news surrounding New England Patriots rumors about how Gronkowski will most likely miss Week 1 shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering his recovery time has been taking longer than expected and the last thing New England wants to do is rush him back to the field too soon. This offseason has certainly not been an easy one for the Patriots considering all of the changes made to the team between Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez.

With Gronkowski’s status uncertain–it makes the situation even more complicated.

Obviously with Tom Brady under center, New England is going to be considered a serious threat in the AFC, but a healthy Gronkowski always gave them an extra advantage considering how difficult he is to contain at tight end. He may not be able to play Week 1, but let’s hope this is only temporary for Gronkowski and he can at least return at some point within the first month of the regular season.

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