Allen Kim

Rob Gronkowski Active To Make 2013 Debut

Created on Oct. 20, 2013 11:49 AM EST

After weeks of uncertainty, the New England Patriots are going to get their most dangerous offensive weapon back on the field with Rob Gronkowski officially listed as active for the first time this season.

Gronkowski was officially cleared by Dr. James Andrews and the Patriots' medical staff earlier this year, and coach Bill Belichick was the finaly hurdle standing between Gronkowski and his return to the field. Belichick finally made the call with kickoff slated in just over an hour, and he'll be making his debut against the division-rival New York Jets

Gronkowski's return could not have come at a better time. WR Danny Amendola is out with a head injury, and Gronkowski could play a major role right out of the gate as Tom Brady's primary target.

Even if Gronkowski's snap count is limited, his presence alone will undoubtedly make a noticeable difference for their offense. He's likely to draw extra attention from the Jets defense, and it could open things up for the other receivers on the team. It could also prevent the Jets and their suffocating rush defense from stacking the box against RB Stevan Ridley.

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