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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Eyeing Week 6 Return

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Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.
Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.

It appears that all the reports of Rob Gronkowski returning within the first month of action were slightly exaggerated.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Gronkowski “has been making positive strides, but if this is mostly about his comfort level, perhaps they'll wait another week so he can have his first game at home.” Reiss' colleague, Adam Schefter, reports that he is not traveling with the team to Cincinnati and has been officially ruled out for Week 5.

Gronkowski has been through a myriad of surgeries, and having some peace of mind about his body holding up to the rigors of an NFL game will certainly help his confidence and, ultimately, the Patriots.

The Patriots are currently undefeated at 4-0, and while there have been some struggles on offense, they’ve managed to survive each of their first four contests with a win. However, they get a tough test against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday, and while the Bengals have their fair share of injuries, Gronkowski’s presence would make a notable impact.

The good news is that Danny Amendola may play this Sunday, and he’ll form a deadly one-two punch with Gronkowski once both are able to suit up.