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Rob Gronkowski | Tight End | #87

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (42) / NE
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Rob Gronkowski has adopted "parts of Tom Brady's diet" while also cutting out alcohol and coffee.
It's unclear what the diet consists of, but Brady has been known as one of the bigger-name NFL players to go heavily vegan. The more notable thing for Gronk is cutting out the beer -- just during the season -- as he's long been the league's lovable party animal. On top of the dietary changes, Gronkowski played in his first preseason game last week since 2012. Now 28, he knew he had to make some changes to prolong his career and stay healthy in the present. If healthy, Gronkowski is a favorite to lead the league in touchdowns. Aug 23 - 9:21 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Rob Gronkowski played in the Patriots' second preseason game.

He played two series, we believe. It was Gronk's first preseason appearance since 2012. Gronkowski wasn't targeted in the passing game, but he did show up positively as a run blocker. The snaps were just confirmation that Gronkowski is all systems go following last year's injury-marred campaign.
Aug 19 - 9:44 PM

The Patriots plan to sit Rob Gronkowski for their preseason opener.

Gronkowski has been full-go in training camp, but the Patriots aren't taking any chances in a meaningless game. Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks are also expected to be held out.
Aug 9 - 5:45 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Rob Gronkowski (back) will practice without "limits."

It is not a surprise after he was a "full-go" during OTAs and minicamp, but it is still nice to get positive updates on Gronk's health. Clearly the No. 1 fantasy tight end when healthy, Gronk has scored at least 10 touchdowns in every season he has played at least 10 games. Unfortunately, that has happened just twice in the last four years.
Jul 27 - 9:13 AM

Rob Gronkowski (back) said he is "feeling great."

"Everything is going good," Gronk continued. "So I’m just happy to be where I am, happy to be out on the field playing football and participating." Gronkowski has reportedly been a full participant during OTAs, and OC Josh McDaniels said, "He looks like Gronk." Even with his injury concerns, Gronk is the No. 1 overall tight end in fantasy.
Source: ESPN
Jun 5 - 8:22 AM

The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports Rob Gronkowski (back) was a "full-go" during OTAs.

Guregian notes Gronk was allowed to do everything despite it raining, suggesting the Patriots are very comfortable with his recovery. That is not a surprise considering the team allowed him to participate in a WWE event earlier this offseason and recently restructured his deal. Injuries will always be a concern, but Gronkowski remains the top overall fantasy tight end.
May 27 - 9:48 AM

Rob Gronkowski (back) has been cleared to be on the field at practice.

Gronk's recovery has been progressing well, and he was on the field with the Patriots for the first time today. Gronk might be limited throughout the offseason program, but this is good news as he gets "ready to roll" into the rest of the preseason. Gronk's injury history is well documented, but the Patriots have shown confidence in him by restructuring his contract this week. Gronkowski should be fully ready for the Patriots' opener.
May 25 - 11:46 AM

Rob Gronkowski has agreed to a restructured contract.

Underpaid at $5.25 million, Gronk has cut a deal full of incentive-laden raises. At the highest level, Gronk's salary will more than double to $10.75 million if he plays 90 percent of the Patriots' snaps, catches 80 passes, goes for 1,200 yards or makes the All-Pro team. It's a compromise that gives Gronk a shot at a much-larger payday, but only if he's able to stay on the field and produce. It's unique for Gronk because he does not have to give anything up in exchange for the incentives. It does not appear to alter the final two years of Gronk's contract, which are currently set to pay him $8 million and $9 million, respectively.
May 23 - 5:47 PM

Rob Gronkowski (back) said he'll be "ready to roll" when the Patriots' offseason workout program begins.

"I'm feeling great," Gronkowski said Sunday. "I'm good to go. I'll be ready to roll when the offseason program starts." Gronkowski is four months into his rehab from his third known back surgery. Expect the Patriots to take it easy on their star playmaker, but by all accounts, Gronkowski is expected to be ready to play come Week 1. Gronkowski turns 28 later this spring.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 3 - 10:04 AM

Rob Gronkowski (back) said he will "for sure" be ready to play Week 1.

"Uh, yes," Gronkowski said when asked if he'll be ready to go for the season opener. "No doubt." Gronkowski is coming off his third known back surgery after he required 2009 and 2013 operations to repair herniated disks. As for his playing future, Gronk said he's not yet even thinking about retirement. Still just 28 (in May), Gronkowski's body has been through a lot in such a short period of time, but he keeps coming back better than ever. He averaged a monstrous 21.6 yards per catch on 25 grabs in 2016. Gronkowski is still the TE1 in fantasy.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 12:18 PM

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.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 04:15:00 PM

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.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 09:34:00 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.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 01:33:00 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.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 01:27:00 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.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 01:29:00 PM