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Rob Gronkowski | TE | New England Patriots
Posted: 7/23/2014 2:25pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for contact and will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Bill Belichick.
Huddle Up: The more Gronk is able to do in training camp, the earlier he'll go off fantasy draft boards. If he practices and plays in camp without restrictions, and maybe even flashes some of the old Gronk magic in a preseason game, he could easily push himself into the second round of fantasy drafts in TE-mandatory leagues.

Posted: 7/20/2014 7:39pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) said he is planning on playing the whole season in 2014. 'I'm planning on playing the whole season this year,' Gronkowski said. 'I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is,' he said. 'I just want to play football. I love playing the game.'
Huddle Up: Gronk's desire and ability are unquestioned, but is his body up to the task? He's played a full season only once in four years in N.E. and has missed nearly a third (20) of a possible 64 regular-season starts as a pro.

Posted: 7/20/2014 1:52am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he is not sure if he will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: It'll be another preseason of wondering whether or not you should draft Gronk. When healthy he's a top-two fantasy tight end, but there's the very real possibility you'll get only a half-season out of him again. Hopefully this training camp the news will be better and you'll have a clearer picture of his health by the time your fantasy draft rolls around.

Posted: 6/21/2014 12:51am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) may be ready to participate at the start of training camp, but the team probably will be cautious with him early in camp.
Huddle Up: Gronk is an elite fantasy tight end when healthy, so any opportunity to see him in action during training camp will only serve to drive his value up heading into fantasy drafts this fall.

Posted: 6/8/2014 11:58pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been bursting, planting and cutting in recent practices. He doesn't appear to have any limitations.
Huddle Up: So far, so good this offseason, but unfortunately there's still plenty of time (3 months) for a health issue to crop up.

Posted: 4/29/2014 4:35pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said his knee is improving, but he hesitated to give any timetable or if he'll be ready for the season opener. 'Oh man, that's too far away. I'm just improving every day right now,' Gronkowski said. 'I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready.' His recovery from knee surgery has gone according to plan so far, and he joined his teammates for the voluntary offseason program, which started April 21.
Huddle Up: Just your weekly update on Gronk, who's started only half of the Pats' 36 games (postseason included) since his record-setting 2011 season.

Posted: 4/13/2014 3:52pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski met with Dr. James Andrews this week to have his to have his surgically repaired knee examined. Gronkowski was told that his recovery is right on schedule. Gronkowski will be able to start jogging in the near future.
Huddle Up: As has been the case for the past 2 years, it's an offseason filled with checkups and medical updates for Gronk. Stay tuned to see if the progress continues.

Posted: 1/10/2014 12:57pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of training camp in July after undergoing surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: We've seen Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III come back from late-season ACL injuries the following year, so it's not out of the question for Gronk to be back at the beginning of the 2014 season. Like last year, his participation in training camp will be closely monitored by those interested in spending an early pick on the elite tight end.

Posted: 1/7/2014 7:07pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will have surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his knee Thursday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: Another surgery and another cut-short season for Gronk, who produces at a high level when he plays, but just hasn't played enough due to myriad health issues. Even if this latest surgery goes extremely well, injury concerns have to knock the TE's value down a peg or 3 in next summer's fantasy drafts.

Posted: 12/17/2013 12:18am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is expected to undergo surgery in two weeks to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. He has been told he should be ready for the start of the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: Gronk's dynasty and keeper-league owners have another offseason of monitoring injury updates ahead of them.

Posted: 12/9/2013 2:08pm et
Updating previous reports, a source confirmed New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has a torn medial collateral ligament alongside the torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: A brutal loss for the Patriots. Hopefully Gronkowski will come back strong from this, but he could miss the beginning of the 2014 season with such a severe injury.

Posted: 12/8/2013 5:27pm et
Updating earlier reports, the New England Patriots believe TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) tore his right anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: This is a huge blow to the Patriots and his fantasy owners. You need to replace him ASAP. Get to the free agents if there are any still available during the games.

Posted: 11/4/2013 12:56pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, despite his nine-catch, 143-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 9, played only 48 of 75 offensive snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's still working his way back from four surgeries on his left forearm, and he was battling a hamstring injury last week. 'It felt good getting more games under me and I'm feeling good, getting better every week,' Gronkowski said. 'When we're clicking, we're clicking and it's awesome.' The Patriots ran 36 of their 75 plays with two tight ends on the field.
Huddle Up: That is bad news for opposing defenses and excellent news for his fantasy owners.

Posted: 10/19/2013 8:46pm et
The New England Patriots have not decided if TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) will play Week 7 even though he has been cleared by his doctors to play.
Huddle Up: The drama continues. No one will know if Gronk is playing until the reports come out an hour or two before gametime. Luckily, the Patriots play early, so fantasy owners won't have to wait on Gronkowski this week to make a decision.

Posted: 10/19/2013 2:00pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is traveling with the team for their Week 7 game.
Huddle Up: It looks like Gronkowski will finally make his debut against the Jets on Sunday. Assuming he's active, Gronkowski is an automatic TE1 this week.

Posted: 10/18/2013 9:57pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is listed as questionable for Week 7.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski's agent said he was cleared to play. Now fantasy owners have to sit back and wait. If Gronk is active against the Jets, he comes right back as a high-end TE1.

Posted: 10/18/2013 10:27am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been cleared by doctors to play in Week 7, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Huddle Up: This is about as good of news as we've heard about Gronk since this whole debacle began. Of course, now we need clearance from Gronk's dad, Dr. James Andrews, the Surgeon General, and four out of five dentists before he actually returns to action. But as far as playing this weekend... we're sayin' there's a chance.

Posted: 10/14/2013 11:50am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski could be cleared by Dr. James Andrews to play in Week 7. The issue is strictly his forearm health, and he is fully recovered from back surgery.
Huddle Up: Plenty of confusion surrounding the Gronk situation. Evidently he's been going full-speed in practices, but his family and/or medical team are concerned about the long-term state of his forearm. Rest assured the New England injury report will show that he practiced on a limited basis all week, and he'll be listed as questionable on the injury report; whether that means he's any closer to playing or not we probably won't know for sure until Sunday.

Posted: 10/11/2013 11:25am et
Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's representatives have serious concern over the health of his left forearm. Multiple industry sources said his arm might have recovered properly on its own if he hadn't had a plate surgically implanted into his arm to return to the field last season. A source said there is serious concern over the integrity of the bone and surrounding nerves near the plate. There are also concerns that an abscess developed following the surgery that caused an infection and weakened the bone. Gronkowski's family and representatives were made aware of the issues and advised him to hold off on returning until it could be determined if the bone had fully healed. This led to the decision to have Dr. James Andrews evaluate him.
Huddle Up: Obviously this isn't good news for Gronk or his fantasy owners if it means he won't be making his return to the football field in the near future.

Posted: 10/11/2013 11:25am et
Updating an ongoing story, there is less optimism New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will play in Week 6 than there was earlier in the week. He hasn't been cleared by the doctors yet.
Huddle Up: According to the Patriots' injury reports Gronk has been practicing on a limited basis, but he'll need that medical clearance in order to play. And now word is coming out that Gronk's camp has concerns about the plate in his arm and how it's healing, which could delay his return--not the news Gronk's increasingly impatient fantasy owners want to hear.

Posted: 10/8/2013 12:43pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) is expected to be cleared medically this week, and is likely to play in the team's Week 6 game.
Huddle Up: Yeah, we've heard this before, but the general sense is this time is for real. Gronk owners, get ready to finally get your man in the lineup for a TE showdown against Jimmy Graham and the Saints.

Posted: 10/5/2013 4:07pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is out for Week 5.
Huddle Up: Week 6 was always the expected target date for Gronkowski to return. If he's not active next week, fantasy owners can start getting a little concerned about his long-term prognosis.

Posted: 10/4/2013 1:47pm et
A person familiar with the New England Patriots' thinking said they're not confident TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) will play in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Gronk owners are used to the drill by now: The TE looks good in practice and hopes build all week only to come crashing down with another inactive designation on the weekend. Well, on to Week 6 . . .

Posted: 10/2/2013 2:21pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) said he is making progress but is not sure when he will be able to play again. He said he has not been pressured by the team to come back early and that the two sides are on the same page in regards to his rehab. 'We were on the same page from the very get go. And [we're] still on the same page and it's going good. I'm progressing every week, I'm feeling better every week, getting stronger every week and better conditioning every week. Just still sticking to the motto 'day by day.' '
Huddle Up: With rumors swirling he won't be back until Week 6, you might need to tread water for one more week at tight end.

Posted: 9/29/2013 2:54pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is looking at Week 6 for his return but is not ruling out playing Week 5. He wants to make sure his back is fully recovered before playing again.
Huddle Up: Interesting given he could have been placed on the PUP. All that successful practicing has been a fantasy tease for his owners.

Posted: 9/28/2013 4:41pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) didn't make the trip to Atlanta and is out for Week 4.
Huddle Up: At least this clears thing up for fantasy owners. Expect Gronk back some time in the next two weeks, which puts him in the original timetable most expected him to return when they drafted the elite tight end.

Posted: 9/28/2013 12:06pm et
The New England Patriots and TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) differ on his status for the team's Week 4 game. The team believes Gronkowski is ready to make his season debut, while Gronkowski believes his return will come closer to Week 6.
Huddle Up: It's just more confusion for fantasy owners. At this point Gronk is sounding like a risky start with the Patriots playing on Sunday night. Fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere for a tight end and at least another week on starting Gronkowski.

Posted: 9/27/2013 4:41pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is listed as questionable for Week 4.
Huddle Up: Reports are all over the place with Gronkowski, making it extremely frustrating for fantasy owners, especially since the Patriots don't play until Sunday night. Right now owners will have to go into Sunday morning hoping to get some concrete news on whether or not Gronk will play against the Falcons. If not, the risk to start him and get no points is just too great.

Posted: 9/27/2013 10:31am et
A source said the outlook of New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski playing in Week 4 is not optimistic.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are typically close-mouthed when it comes to injury info, so don't expect official news one way or the other on Gronk until just prior to kickoff. But if the behind-the-scene whispers are indicating he won't play, you should be prepared to roll with the backup plan you've been executing through the first month of the season.

Posted: 9/26/2013 2:46pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) has a 'very good chance' of making his season debut in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons after he's made significant progress in the last few weeks.
Huddle Up: This is a tough call with the Patriots playing on Sunday night. Hopefully Gronkowski goes, and he is a top-five option if he does. Try to grab another tight end playing on Sunday or Monday night to have as an emergency backup. Charles Clay is a great choice.

Posted: 9/25/2013 6:00pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) said he is improving but is not sure when he will be able to play in a game. He said an important part of his rehab is regaining the strength he lost while not being able to work out. He said he is taking things day-to-day at this point.
Huddle Up: You would think he is on track to play in Week 4, given the Patriots didn't put him on the PUP and we're getting close to Week 6 here. There were reports that he was 60-40 to play on Sunday. The problem is he plays in the night game, so it will be a risk to keep him in your starting lineup. If he does go, however, he will immediately make an impact both for the Patriots and on your fantasy team.

Posted: 9/18/2013 4:21pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) said he made a lot of progress in his rehab since last week but is not saying if he thinks he will be able to play Week 3. He said he is considered day-to-day at this point.
Huddle Up: It doesn't look good for Gronkowski this week, which is unfortunate because the Buccaneers have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Posted: 9/18/2013 10:03am et
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is healthy enough to play in Week 3. However, the team wants to get him more practice time and is leaning toward holding him out of the game.
Huddle Up: Looks like Gronk owners may have to wait one more week before getting their guy back in the lineup... but at least he's getting close.

Posted: 9/17/2013 10:39am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is 50-50 to play this week, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Good news for Gronk owners, as well as Patriots fans and Tom Brady owners. Even if Gronk isn't ready for Week 3, 50/50 suggests he's very close to returning--which means that early pick on Gronk should still yield an elite tight end for three-fourths of the fantasy season.

Posted: 9/16/2013 10:35pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) participated in practice Monday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: Read between the lines on the Pats' injury report this week as Gronk is nearing a return. Tom Brady can certainly use him as the Pats have scored all of 36 points to date.

Posted: 9/10/2013 10:29am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is unlikely to play in Week 2, according to sources. However, he is not completely ruled out.
Huddle Up: The Patriots keep injury information as close to the vest as any team so we won't know for sure until Thursday's inactives are announced. But the expectation is that Gronk won't go this week and New England is hopeful he'll be available for Week 3.

Posted: 9/9/2013 6:19pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) was limited during practice Monday, Sept. 9.
Huddle Up: The outside chance he starts this week are all but gone, but he could be back for Week 3 at this rate. Keep an eye on his situation.

Posted: 9/7/2013 7:43pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) did not travel with the team for their Week 1 game and has been ruled out.
Huddle Up: As expected, Gronk won't play in the opener. The Patriots are targeting a Week 3 return for Gronkowski, which would be the best possible outcome for fantasy owners who drafted him. Zach Sudfeld will start in Gronkowski's place and should put up solid numbers in the Pats' offense.

Posted: 9/4/2013 1:17pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) was in full pads again Wednesday, Sept. 4, as he continues to push toward his on-field debut. He is still considered unlikely to play in Week 1.
Huddle Up: The fact he continues to practice in full pads without any setbacks is huge. It will be a shock if he can go in Week 1—we don't think he will—but it looks like he might be on track to go as early as Week 2.

Posted: 9/3/2013 2:51pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) continues to be listed as day-to-day, and the team has no firm timetable on when he might return to action. 'There is no straight-line formula for that. We take it day to day,' head coach Bill Belichick said. 'I don't know any other way to do it. We don't know how he's going to be feeling in two days. Or any other player. It's not about him, it's about any player that's coming back from injury. That's how we do it. Nobody has a crystal ball.' Belichick refused to say whether Gronkowski will play in Week 1, and he's not expected to play in the team's Week 2 game, either.
Huddle Up: In true Belichickian form, we have no idea what is happening in New England. Reports that Gronkowski is practicing are encouraging, but it still could be a few weeks before we see him on the playing field. Still, the fact the Patriots are keeping him on the active roster is a positive sign. At least if it's not being done simply to mess with opposing teams.

Posted: 9/2/2013 11:03am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is practicing for the second straight day Monday, Sept. 2.
Huddle Up: Everything's coming up Millhouse for Gronk, the Patriots, and fantasy owners who risked taking Gronkowski early. That Week 3 return is looking more and more likely.

Posted: 9/2/2013 11:03am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is unlikely to play in the regular season opener Sept. 8 against the Buffalo Bills, or for the short turnaround against the New York Jets Thursday, Sept. 12. However, there is a good chance he returns sometime between Week 3 and Week 7, according to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. If that weren't a realistic expectation, Gronkowski surely would have started the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Huddle Up: Those who took a chance on Gronk in the earlier rounds of their fantasy draft are looking pretty shrewd, with their reward coming as early as Week 3.

Posted: 9/1/2013 10:51pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) practiced in full pads for the first time Sunday, Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: This is a welcome step for a number of fantasy owners as Gronk holds steady as the No. 2 TE going off the board with an average ADP of 45.40.

Posted: 8/31/2013 11:46am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) will be added to the active roster and will not start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: It's good news because if Gronk went on PUP he would have missed the first six games of the season. Reports say the Patriots are hoping to get Gronkowski back sometime after Week 3. Overall, this is the best possible outcome for fantasy owners.

Posted: 8/30/2013 12:37am et
The New England Patriots are considering adding TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) to their roster and not keeping him on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Gronkowski still likely would not be able to play until late September at the earliest.
Huddle Up: It's better than waiting until Week 7 with the PUP, but this still wouldn't be easy for Gronk owners as they'd have to read between the lines on the TE's avaiiability with the secretive Pats.

Posted: 8/26/2013 3:05pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) did some agility drills during practice Monday, Aug. 26, and looked smooth while performing the drills. He is expected to miss several games even if he does not start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: This is positive news nearly two weeks ahead of Week 1. If Gronkowski can avoid the PUP, he will be a huge value in the fourth or fifth round of drafts. Remember, The Gronk finished as the No. 2 fantasy scorer at tight end last season despite missing five games.

Posted: 8/21/2013 6:47pm et
New England Patriots TE Zach Sudfeld looks like a lock to enter Week 1 as the team's No. 1 tight end if TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) starts the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Sudfeld is 6-foot-7, 260 pounds, which is almost the exact same size as Gronkowski. Sudfeld caught a touchdown pass the team's preseason game last weekend in the red zone on a pattern that Gronkowski has run before. Sudfeld displayed nice run-after-the-catch skills on another play later in the same preseason game. TE Jake Ballard is healthy and has been consistent in camp, too, and his role as a hybrid tight end in the past is similar to Gronkowski.
Huddle Up: Sudfeld may be the same size as Gronk but he isn't nearly as strong. He'll be used more in the Aaron Hernandez role for the Pats and will still have fantasy value even when Gronkowski returns to the lineup. Sudfeld is shaping up as a productive TE1 early in the year but even when Gronk comes back his numbers shouldn't take too much of a hit.

Posted: 8/19/2013 3:50pm et
It is not realistic to believe that New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) will be ready to play Week 1.
Huddle Up: This is unsurprising given the nature of Gronkowski's recovery from back surgery. The gamble comes in prognosticating whether he lands on the PUP list or not. If he only misses one or two games, he is absolutely worth a high pick. But therein lies the rub.

Posted: 8/4/2013 4:05pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) could be ready for Week 1, but the most likely scenario is he is kept on the Physically Unable to Perform list and misses the first six games.
Huddle Up: Starting the season on the PUP has been the most likely scenario all along after the past 8 months Gronk has had, but it'll be a nightmare for the TE's fantasy owners if Bill Belichick and the close-mouthed Pats elect to string everyone along with a week-to-week status determination.