Report: Rob Gronkowski travels with Patriots, Aqib Talib doesn't

It's looking more and more like Rob Gronkowski will make his regular season debut on Sunday. (USATSI)

Rob Gronkowski is headed to the Big Apple. That might not seem like big news, but it is if you're Rob Gronkowski. For the first time this season, the injured tight end is traveling with the Patriots, according to the Boston Herald. That would suggest Gronkowski is likely in line to make his regular season debut on Sunday against the Jets

Earlier this season, Gronkowski didn't travel when New England made road trips to Buffalo, Atlanta and Cincinnati. Being in the Patriots travel party this week makes sense because Gronk was medically cleared to play on Friday. Before that, he had only been cleared to practice, but not play in games. 

Gronkowski probably feels pretty good about his chances of playing, otherwise he wouldn't have started selling these 'LOOK WHO'S BAAAAAACK' t-shirts and he probably wouldn't have made this bizarre YouTube video announcing his return. 

Officially, Gronkowski is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, which means the Patriots feel there's a 50 percent chance he'll play on Sunday. 

One person who won't be playing on Sunday is cornerback Aqib Talib. Talib injured his hip flexor against the Saints last week and was listed as doubtful for the Jets game. Talib didn't make the trip with the team to New York, so the Patriots will be without one of their starting corners against the Jets. 

New England will also be without wide receiver Danny Amendola. Amendola (concussion) was ruled out on Friday. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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