Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
5 days ago

Gronkowski was on the field for 14 of the Patriots' 64 offensive snaps in Thursday's 27-0 win over the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Only three of Gronkowski's snaps Thursday came in the second half, with the flow of the game allowing the Patriots to ease their star tight end back into the mix. When asked how his hamstring felt after his first regular-season action, Gronkowski said, "it's good, it responded well." Assuming no setbacks, Gronkowski -- who did not record a catch in Week 3 -- should be good to go on Oct. 2 against the Bills, a game in which we'd expect his workload to increase.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
5 days ago36 Comments

Gronkowski (hamstring) played sparingly in Thursday's 27-0 victory over the Texans, failing to corral his only target.

EDGE Analysis

The All-Pro was deployed for a limited amount of snaps and wasn't really needed in what turned out to be a surprisingly easy victory. Gronkowski figures to begin logging some appreciable playing time beginning with a Week 4 tilt against the Bills, and could be back to a normal amount of snaps by Tom Brady's Week 5 debut.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
5 days ago

Gronkowski (hamstring) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

It remains to be seen how close to a full workload the Patriots' star tight end receives in his first regular-season contest, but his return to action, in any capacity, should provide a boost to the Patriots' Jacoby Brissett-helmed offense Thursday, especially in the red zone.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
5 days ago

Gronkowski (hamstring) is in line to be active for Thursday night's game against the Texans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Those considering Gronkowski in Week 3 fantasy lineups will still want to verify his status once the Patriots submit their inactives for the 8:25 ET contest, but at this stage it looks like the team's offense, which is on track to be helmed by rookie QB Jacoby Brissett, will be bolstered by the anticipated return of Gronkowski.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
6 days ago

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests that "there's a real chance" Gronkowski (hamstring) could make his regular-season debut Thursday night against the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski remains in the game-time decision category as Thursday's 8:25 ET kickoff approaches, but for his part, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe relays that the star tight end "has been telling teammates all week" that he plans to give it a go. In the event that Gronkowski does suit up Thursday, he'd provide expected starting QB Jacoby Brissett with a valuable target in the offense, particularly in the red zone.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
6 days ago

Gronkowski (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski, who has missed both of the Patriots' games to date this season, continues to be listed as a limited practice participant by the team. We'll look for added clues regarding his Week 3 availability as Thursday's 8:25 ET kickoff approaches, but for the time being we'll consider the star tight end a game-time decision.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 week ago

Gronkowski (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant at Tuesday's practice.

EDGE Analysis

According to Phil Perry of CSN New England, Gronkowski showed up to walk-through practice in pull pads, but then took them off after a chat with head coach Bill Belichick. While seemingly making progress, the hulking tight end still hasn't been listed as a full practice participant all season, leaving him as no better than game-time decision for Thursday against Houston.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 week ago

Gronkowski (hamstring) suited up for Tuesday's practice, Courtney Fallon of NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The rest of the Patriots (aside from Julian Edelman) practiced without pads or jerseys Tuesday, but it appears head coach Bill Belichick may have something extra planned for Gronkowski, who sat out the Patriots' first two games. Whether that is the case or not, Gronkowski's participation in Tuesday's practice bodes well for his chances of making his season debut in Week 3.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 week ago

Gronkowski (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated practice report, the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Patriots did not actually practice Monday on the heels of Sunday's win over the Dolphins, so it won't be until Tuesday that the media will catch a glimpse of how Gronkowski is getting around on the field. At this stage, we'd expect his Week 3 status to emerge as a game-time decision, though if there is any doubt with regard to the soundness of his hamstring for Thursday's game against the Texans, the team could elect to play it safe and afford Gronkowski some added healing time before the team's Week 4 tilt against the Bills on Oct. 2.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 week ago

Gronkowski (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

In Gronkowski's continued absence, Martellus Bennett - who caught three passes for 14 yards in Week 1 -- is once again slated to work as the Patriots' top tight end Sunday, though it remains to be seen how heavily will Bennett focus on blocking in the contest. Gronkowski is thought to be making progress as he tries to bounce back from his hamstring injury, which offers some hope that he could potentially return to action as soon as this coming Thursday against the Texans.