The Rob Gronkowski saga will continue on in New England. Earlier in the week, several reports indicated that Gronkowski would likely dress against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Don’t get your hopes up. He’ll likely miss his sixth straight contest.
It’s not Gronk’s back that is keeping the All-Pro tight end sidelined, it’s his left forearm. Now if you remember correctly, a fourth surgery was performed on his forearm back in May. The procedure was supposed to cure the previously contracted infection and set Gronk on course for a healthy return. So much for that.
The Patriots have cleared Gronkowski to play. Dr. James Andrews has advised otherwise and that is where the two sides differ in opinions. According to Pro Football Talk, Andrews recommends Gronk should not dress.
Source: Dr. Andrews suggests that Rob Gronkowski (forearm) not play on Sunday http://t.co/uOmnui5Y1h
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 13, 2013
It’s being said that a return to the field is ultimately up to Gronkowski. We may never know the real story because of the Patriots secretive nature. According to WEEI.com, Gronkowski and his doctors have serious worries in regards to the overall stability of the bone. In other words they have doubts if it will be able to hold up while not being fully healed.
The fact of the matter is Gronkowski has been practicing with the team and the Patriots expect him to play on game day. His teammates see him out there everyday, doing what they’re doing and would certainly benefit from his presence in the lineup.
He may never be fully healthy this season. Therefore Gronk needs to dig deep, man up and help a team in obvious need of his services. If he is not healthy at this point, then it seems foolish to continually sit out. Odds are that he’ll never return to 100% this year.
Gronk’s teammates and fans want to see him in game action and contributing to a winning team. You better believe Robert Kraft wants this guy back the most. Gronk is hauling down a hefty chunk of money and Kraft doesn’t want to be paying him to hang out with the team trainer.