New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his team's opening game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals last week due to a hamstring injury. The AFC East side still managed to win without him, but it would have been a more convincing one if he was on the field.
Entering their week two contest against divisional rivals the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots were hopeful for the 27-year-old to suit up and play, but they will have to wait a little while longer for confirmation, as he has been listed on their injury report on Friday as questionable for the game according to NFL.com.
The All-Pro tight end had limited participation in practice on Friday, keeping some hopes alive that he will be able to play this Sunday, but whether or not he will be activated for the day will likely be a game-day call.
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The Patriots are still without their star quarterback Tom Brady as well due to his suspension, so to turn to backup Jimmy Garoppolo once more to control the game might be a bit too much when playing against a Dolphins defense that is challenging and managed to control Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for the vast majority of the game last week.
To have Gronkowski on the field for Garoppolo would be a huge bonus for him, as not only does he provide the big play ability that will turn the Dolphins' focus, but he could be used as a more reliable dump-off option if the 24-year-old quarterback gets under any pressure.
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NFL.com also mentioned that 'both linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) and cornerback Malcolm Butler (ankle) are questionable for the clash' as well, meaning the Patriots could have key men absent from both the offensive and defensive side of the ball once more.
Nevertheless, the way which the Patriots defeated the Cardinals last week without Gronk means Patriots fans can keep their faith in head coach Bill Belichick to make the right call on the tight end like they always have done in the past.