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New England Patriots Rumors: Rob Gronkowski’s Health Will Affect Future of Tim Tebow

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t been able to catch a break in a recent stretch of his career. Now recovering from two more offseason surgeries, the fourth year pro is anxious to get back on the field with his teammates and is making progress as we speak.

Gronkowski had back and forearm surgeries over the offseason and has been working out incredibly hard in order to get himself back into the groove of an NFL schedule. According to some sources via ESPN, Gronkowski “looks great, is doing great” in his workouts with the team lately.

This has raised questions regarding his potential to play in the season opener against their divisional rival Buffalo Bills. Well, despite one source stating the tight end looks great, others are saying that Gronkowski will likely not play in week one.

According to the report, a source close to the situation also said that “It’s a huge stretch to think he could play against the Bills.”

What the Patriots do with Gronkowski could very well impact what they decide to do with Tim Tebow. With Ryan Mallet playing so much more consistent than Tebow throughout camp and the preseason, the potential third string quarterback is in danger of being cut.

If New England decides to place Gronkowski on the PUP list, it would create room for one more roster spot — which could ultimately be a third quarterback.

I know, this whole runaround is getting a bit ridiculous and I know head coach Bill Belichick is probably as sick of it as I am. But, it’s a real possibility nonetheless. Whether or not Tebow will have any type of role on the field this year is still up in the air, as he is strictly a quarterback at this point — that simple fact hasn’t done him much good in recent months.

Aside from the Tebow story, Gronkowski could be back within the first month or so of the season and that would greatly benefit an offense that has lost plenty of weapons this offseason. With Tom Brady at the helm, New England is always in position to win. But, with Brady’s favorite target in uniform, those chances are increased exponentially.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.