Pro Football Talk reports the tight end is "expected to be cleared this week."
It was believed Gronk might return sooner than Week 6 -- that's part of why the Patriots didn't put him on the PUP list to start the season -- but with the Patriots winning their first four games it made a lot of sense to push him back to a more reasonable timeline. (After he was ruled out of Week 4's game, reports surfaced that Gronk was targeting Week 6.)
That timeline is now, with New England wrapping up a brutal three-game stretch that featured a game in Atlanta (Sunday night, a victory), a game in Cincinnati (an ugly loss last Sunday) and a game at home against the undefeated Saints and record-tracking tight end Jimmy Graham this coming week.
Tom Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time since 2010 -- ending his streak at 52-straight games -- and the Pats scored just six points.
Against the high-powered Saints offense that simply won't fly. And New England likely hopes the prescription for their fever is more Gronk.