Report: Rob Gronkowski likely to play for Patriots Sunday
According to a report, Rob Gronkowski is set to play for the Patriots Sunday.
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.
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