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Tension Brewing Between Patriots And Gronkowski?

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

There might be some tension brewing in New England. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, “the Patriots believe that TE Rob Gronkowski is healthy enough to make his season debut after an offseason that included back surgery and a series of arm procedures. However, Gronkowski and his camp are wary about returning too soon, particularly after last season when he broke his forearm and then re-injured it when he returned for the playoffs.”

Gronkowski has been practicing with the team for weeks now. He was listed as doubtful for the first two weeks, but he has been upgraded to questionable on the team’s injury reports since Week 3.

Gronkowski appears to be playing it safe, making sure that he’s fully ready to handle the physical strain of playing in an NFL game. After all the surgeries he’s had to undergo over the past year, it’s hard to blame him. The Patriots, however, seem to think he's healthy and want him to start earning his paychecks. With the lack of weapons on offense for Tom Brady, it's no wonder they're pressuring him to suit up.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported yesterday that Gronkowski was expected to play on Sunday night when they face off against the Atlanta Falcons. However, Volin reported today that “things changed overnight” and that Gronkowski and Danny Amendola did not travel with the team to Atlanta.

Gronkowki’s playing status is still up in the air for Sunday Night Football, but it’s looking unlikely at this juncture.