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Rob Gronkowski Cleared To Play Against Jets

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Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images.
Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images.

It appears that with every passing week someone on the New England Patriots goes down to injury, but that tables have turned for once. After weeks of questions surrounding Rob Gronkowski’s health and playing status, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says that he has "now been cleared by all his doctors to play on Sunday in the Jets game."

Gronkowski has been practicing with the team for weeks, and his return has been delayed over and over again after concerns over the stability of his forearm continued to come up. There were rumors that he would be back as early as Week 3, but lingering issues and concerns pushed it back several weeks. Dr. James Andrews was apparently the final hurdle standing between Gronkowski and a return to game action, and it appears that he, too, has signed off on Gronkowski playing this week.

Gronkowski gives the Patriots a huge boost on offense. With Danny Amendola likely out again after suffering a concussion, Gronkowski gives QB Tom Brady a reliable go-to target, particularly in the red zone, where the team has struggled at times this season.

Coming off of a victory against the previously undefeated New Orleans Saints, the Patriots will be riding a lot of momentum into their matchup with the division-rival New York Jets. While they already have a sizeable lead on the rest of the AFC East, a victory against the Jets will only give them more of a cushion.