IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
3 days ago1 Comment

Gronkowski (back) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski required surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc in his back, prematurely ending his 2016 campaign. He'll finish the season with career-lows across the board consisting of 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns. While fellow tight end Martellus Bennett likely stands to be the primary beneficiary of Gronkowski's absence, wideouts Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell could each be in store for an increased market share of the Patriots' passing attack as well.

IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
5 days ago

The Patriots don't expect Gronkowski to be able play for the rest of the 2016 season, though the team will await the results of his back surgery Friday before making a final determination on that front.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates that IR is a likely destination for the tight end, but either way Gronkowski's indefinite absence paves the way for Martellus Bennett to serve as the Patriots' No. 1 TE and likely sets the stage for the team to utilize additional three-wideout sets moving forward.

IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
6 days ago

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the issue that will be addressed by the back surgery Gronkowski is slated to undergo Friday is a herniated disc.

EDGE Analysis

Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter echoes the notion put forth by Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News which estimates that Gronkowski could be out of action for eight weeks. Such a scenario crushes the tight end's fantasy value down the NFL stretch run and implies that seeing him on the field again could hinge on the Patriots making a deep postseason run. Meanwhile, Martellus Bennett -- who has been dealing with ankle and shoulder issues -- is now in line to serve as the Patriots' No. 1 TE in the coming weeks.

IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
6 days ago1 Comment

Gronkowski is slated to undergo surgery on a ruptured disk in his back and will require eight weeks to recover, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski sustained the injury in Week 10 against the Seahawks, and while he took the field in one of two game in the meantime, he failed to haul in either of his targets. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the surgery is scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles, meaning the Patriots will have to reach the Super Bowl in order to have his services again this season (per the eight-week recovery).

IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
6 days ago5 Comments

Gronkowski (back) was not spotted at practice Thursday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Given Gronkowski's injury history, which notably includes past issues with his back, look for the Patriots to proceed cautiously with the tight end in Week 13, with the long haul in mind. Gronkowski still has one more opportunity to join his teammates at practice come Friday, but at this stage his status for Sunday's game against the Rams is decidedly cloudy.

IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
7 days ago

Gronkowski (back) was not at practice Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski was forced out of this past Sunday's game against the Jets late in the first quarter and his status for this weekend's game against the Rams is cloudy as a result. Considering his injury history, which includes past issues with his back, we suspect that the Patriots will proceed cautiously with the tight end in Week 13, while keeping the long haul in mind.

IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 week ago2 Comments

Gronkowski will not return to Sunday's game against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski, who missed last week's game against the 49ers and was limited in practice this past week after suffering a chest/lung injury in Week 10, suited up Sunday, but didn't last very long, finishing up with zero catches on two targets. Gronkowski's status will thus be worth monitoring closely as next week's game against the Rams approaches. The same applies to fellow TE Martellus Bennett, who's dealing with some aches and pains of his own.

IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 week ago4 Comments

Gronkowski -- who entered the weekend listed as questionable with a chest injury -- headed to the locker room in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Jets due to a back issue.

EDGE Analysis

Prior to leaving Sunday's game, Gronkowski did not haul in either of his two targets.

IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 week ago

Gronkowski (chest) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski sat out last weekend's game as he was dealing with bleeding and bruising in his chest, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, but the tight end is back in uniform after practicing in a limited fashion this week. It remains to be seen how close to a full workload he'll see Sunday, but if he avoids any setbacks, Gronkowski continues to profile as a dangerous pass-catching option near the goal line.

IRRob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 week ago5 Comments

Gronkowsk (chest) is expected to play Sunday against the Jets despite being listed as questionable, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Earlier this week, it was expected that Gronkowski would be unavailable for Week 12. However, somewhat surprisingly, the star tight end subsequently participated at practice in a limited basis throughout the week despite what Schefter reports as bleeding and bruising in his chest. Despite this report, check how Gronkowski does during pregame warmups and it's possible he may not have an extensive role even if is able to play.