On Wednesday, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was seen practising, which could indicate that he will be able to play against the New York Jets this weekend.
Gronkowski missed last Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers due to a perforated lung which he suffered in his team's week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
His status for this weekend's game against one of their divisional rivals is up in the air, but according to one report, his playing status has already been confirmed.
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Dianna Russini of ESPN has tweeted that: "Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play this Sunday against the Jets. The Patriots staff is prepping the offense without him per sources."
If this is true, this will be the second game the tight end has missed in just as many weeks.
The Patriots should be able to cope without Gronkowski if he has to miss another week of action. They managed to defeat the 49ers comfortably last Sunday and they should be able to do the same this weekend against the Jets.
However, New England not having a focal part of their offense could open the door for New York to cause an upset, but this is unlikely to be the case. Martellus Bennett can easily cope with more reps at the tight end position, and the Jets have struggled to score points all season. They have the third least amount of points out of all the teams in the NFL.
If this report is true, the Patriots will be hoping Gronkowski is able to return for their week 13 game against the Los Angeles Rams so that he can get up to match strength before facing off against the tough defenses of the Baltimore Ravens in week 14, and the Denver Broncos in week 15.
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