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Rob Gronkowski | Tight End | #87

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (42) / NE
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Patriots placed TE Rob Gronkowski (back surgery) on injured reserve.
The Patriots already designated a player to return, so he's done for the rest of the season/playoffs. Gronkowski underwent his third back surgery Friday but is expected to make a full recovery. He should be healthy for the start of 2017 OTAs. Dec 3 - 4:15 PM

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The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski's family have released a statement saying he is unlikely to play again this season, but that a final determination will not be made until after he undergoes surgery on Friday.

It's an unusually transparent statement from the Patriots, but has somewhat oddly become their standard course of action with Gronkowski. The statement ends with the team saying "(we) look forward to his return to playing football for the New England Patriots." Gronk has one of the scariest injury histories in the league, but is still somehow only 27. His $4.25 million 2017 base salary is an absolute steal, though he also has $500,000 per-game roster bonuses. Either way, even though this is Gronk's third back operation, his recovery is expected to be straightforward, and he'll be back and healthy with the only team he's ever known in 2017.
Dec 1 - 9:34 PM

Profootballtalk reports Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery on Friday.

Per the Buffalo News, Gronk has a "ruptured disk," and will be sidelined roughly eight weeks. It's a devastating blow for the Super Bowl-or-bust Patriots, and will be the third known back operation of Gronk's football playing career. Gronk also went under the knife in 2009 and 2013. If Gronk returns this season, it would probably only be for a theoretical Super Bowl appearance. The Pats have already designated a player to return from injured reserve, so that option is out the window. Martellus Bennett will be a weekly TE1 in his absence. Gronk, who turns 28 in May, has been indestructible even as he weathers injury after injury and surgery after surgery, but at some point, it's going to take a toll.
Dec 1 - 1:33 PM

Rob Gronkowski (back) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

We've learned not to make assumptions with the Patriots, but it's looking extremely unlikely Gronk suits up to face Jeff Fisher's Rams. Fisher now has more time to game plan for Danny Woodhead. Provided he plays through ankle and shoulder injuries of his own, Martellus Bennett will be a low-end TE1 in Gronk's absence.
Dec 1 - 1:27 PM

Rob Gronkowski (back) is not practicing Wednesday.

Tom Brady (knee) and Julian Edelman (foot) also missed practice. Gronkowski is obviously the big one here after he was forced from Week 12 with a new injury and was seen moving "quite gingerly" to the team bus after the game. With the pitiful Rams coming to town, the Patriots may rest Gronkowski.
Nov 30 - 1:29 PM

Rob Gronkowski was seen moving "quite gingerly" en route to the Patriots' team bus after suffering a back injury in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Gronk reportedly had to grab the railing just to get down a flight of stairs. Pro Football Talk did report Gronk's injury is "not serious" and he's not expected to miss any time going forward, but the 9-2 Patriots may want to consider taking it easy on their stud tight end ahead of a Week 13 home game against the Rams. Gronk fell in the 2010 draft due to medical concerns about his back.
Nov 27 - 8:29 PM

Rob Gronkowski (back) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's Week 12 game against the Jets.

Welp. Coming back after sitting out one game with a perforated lung, Gronkowski didn't even make it through one quarter Sunday at MetLife Stadium. He was targeted on two deep balls from Tom Brady but didn't catch either of them. Martellus Bennett will finish out the game at tight end.
Nov 27 - 6:19 PM

Rob Gronkowski left Sunday's Week 12 game against the Jets with a back injury and is questionable to return.

He was targeted twice without a catch before exiting late in the first quarter. Gronk was questionable for Sunday after missing last week's game with a chest/lung issue. This injury appears to be unrelated. Look for Martellus Bennett to soak up most of the snaps at tight end.
Nov 27 - 5:14 PM

Rob Gronkowski is active for Week 12 against the Jets.

Gronk's role in the game is unclear, but we suspect he will play a near-usual number of snaps after participating in practice every day this week. Tom Brady is also active despite being listed as questionable on the injury report.
Nov 27 - 2:57 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Rob Gronkowski (chest, questionable) is expected to play in Sunday's Week 12 game against the Jets.

Gronkowski put in three limited practices this week and made the trip to New York with his teammates on Saturday. There's still a little risk with the Patriots playing at 4:25 PM ET, though all signs point to Gronkowski getting the green light. Assuming he plays his usual snaps, Gronk will be a locked-in TE1 against the Jets' overmatched secondary.
Nov 27 - 7:59 AM

Rob Gronkowski (questionable, chest) made the trip to New York.

It confirms Gronkowski is healthy enough to fly after he couldn't get clearance last week. Gronk is a true game-time decision, but is trending toward being active.
Nov 26 - 2:12 PM

ESPN's Dianna Russini reports Rob Gronkowski (chest, questionable) is a "true game-time decision."

Russini reported early in the week Gronk was not expected to play, but Russini now says he has made "a lot of progress in the last 24-48 hours" with team doctors telling Gronk "they are optimistic he could play." Gronk is still waiting to be cleared for contact, but it sounds like that could happen over the weekend. With the Patriots playing in a late game, we will just have to hope we get some clarity on Sunday morning. If Gronk owners want to take it all the way to kickoff, Jared Cook plays on Monday night and is still available in 75% of Yahoo leagues.
Nov 26 - 10:55 AM

Rob Gronkowski (chest) is questionable for Week 12 against the Jets.

He resumed practicing on Wednesday but has yet to shed his non-contact jersey. With the Patriots playing at 4:25 PM ET on Sunday, fantasy owners need to have a backup plan in place. We're guessing Gronkowski is closer to doubtful than probable. Another absence for Gronk would propel Martellus Bennett to TE1 status.
Nov 25 - 4:08 PM

Rob Gronkowski was donning a red no-contact jersey at Patriots practice Friday.

One way to reconcile the fact that Gronk practiced all week with ESPN's early-week report that he would not play against the Jets is that Gronk simply has not received medical clearance, notion the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe strongly alluded to in a string of Friday tweets. Gronkowski is recovering from a perforated lung. He needs that injury to heal internally for doctors to give him the green light to face contact and play in football games.
Nov 25 - 2:55 PM

Rob Gronkowski (lung) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

It gives Gronk at least a chance to play against the Jets, but he remains 50-50, at best, to return for Week 12. We might not have a firm idea of Gronk's status until pre-game inactives are announced Sunday afternoon. New England/New York kicks off at 4:25ET.
Nov 24 - 3:23 PM

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QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Jacoby Brissett
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3Dion Lewis
4Brandon Bolden
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3RB1James White
2Dion Lewis
WR11Julian Edelman
2Griff Whalen
3Danny Amendola
4Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Malcolm Mitchell
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Matt Lengel
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Tre' Jackson
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski