Gronkowski (suspension) was reinstated to the 53-man roster Wednesday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
Gronkowski's one-game ban has been served, but the Patriots had a roster exemption for the tight end, which was accompanied by a deadline of Saturday. The team wasted no time finalizing the active roster, however, making a number of moves Wednesday that included lifting the exemption. Although his upcoming opponent, the Steelers, have made life difficult for tight ends this season, Gronkowski has tormented Pittsburgh throughout his career to the tune of 99.2 yards per game and eight touchdowns in five matchups.
With the exemption at their disposal, the Patriots have until Saturday to release a player in order to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. There's little doubt the team will do so, but it may want to evaluate the health of certain positional groups before making the final call. In any case, Gronkowski will return Sunday against a Steelers defense that has allowed 6.4 YPT and an NFL-low two touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Gronkowski will thus miss Monday's game against the Dolphins and is eligible to return to action in Week 15 against the Steelers. Dwayne Allen is set to start at tight end for the Patriots this weekend, with Jacob Hollister on hand in a reserve role.
Gronkowski has been suspended for one game as the result of his late hit on Buffalo's Tre'Davious White in Sunday's 23-3 win over the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Per the report, Gronkowski will appeal his suspension, but in the meantime, those who normally rely on the Patriots' star tight end will need to look for alternate arrangements in Week 14. His backup, Dwayne Allen, is an option on that front, but there's no guarantee he'd be a big part of the New England passing game in the absence of Gronkowski next Monday against the Dolphins. Gronkowski likely will get final word on the appeal by midweek, freelance NFL reporter Jason La Canfora reports.
Gronkowski may be suspended for Week 14 against the Dolphins as a result of his cheap shot on cornerback Tre'Davious White during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-3 victory over the Bills, ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert reports.
Gronkowski came in after the play and threw his shoulder into White, who clearly had already given himself up (and seemed to be injured) after picking off a pass. The incident occurred with the Patriots up by 20 points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, at which point Gronkowski was sitting on a nine-catch, 147-yard performance. He did publicly apologize to White when speaking with the media after Sunday's game, but the tight end probably didn't do himself any favors when he digressed into a lengthy discussion implying that his frustration was justified because NFL referees allow opponents to get away with penalties when covering him. Gronkowski doesn't have a particularly noteworthy history of on-field incidents for a player who's been around for so long, which could work in his favor when the NFL assesses whether a fine or suspension makes sense.
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