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Patriots May Activate Rob Gronkowski Saturday

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Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.
Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.

The New England Patriots are “leaning towards” activating TE Rob Gronkowski to the 53-man roster this Saturday, according to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer.

Taking Gronkowski off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list would mean that he’s cleared to practice and that he won’t be placed on the reserve/PUP list to start the season. However, Breer also notes that Gronkowski is “not likely back before at least late [September].”

Gronkowski may only end up missing roughly four games to start the year. Their first four opponents are the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. Even if they are division rivals, there’s no way they would risk him against the Bills or Jets. However, he could come back and suit up against the Buccaneers or Falcons.

For a Patriots team in need of a boost on offense, Gronkowski’s return would certainly be a welcome addition to the team. While their offense has looked fairly sharp throughout the preseason, Gronkowski is a game changer for them.