Rob Gronkowski Updated To Questionable, But Patriots Shouldn't Rush Him Back

It hasn’t been fun to watch the New England Patriots‘ offense sputter in the early going of the 2013 NFL season…well unless you’re a Tom Brady hater or a New York Jets fan. Either way, seeing the Brady-led Pats scuffle is strange to say the least and the early offensive struggles could be put to an end come Week 3. Rob Gronkowski has been listed as doubtful for the previous two weeks, but New England listed him as questionable for its matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.

Fantasy football owners have been tortured by the “Gronk” so far as the reports surrounding No. 87 seem to change on a daily basis. However, if Gronkowski is able to give it ago this week, then New England will easily improve to 3-0 over the lowly Bucs. With that being said, should the Patriots handle the Buccaneers even without their starting tight end?

The answer is yes. Therefore, it doesn’t make much sense for head coach Bill Belichick to play Gronkowski this week unless he is 100% healthy, which likely isn’t the case as forearm and back issues have plagued the tight end since the off-season.

While I don’t expect Gronk to be on the field this Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons must prepare for Gronkowski in Week 4 as the Patriots trek to Atlanta with a 4-0 record on their minds.

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