Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
2 weeks ago

Gronkowski was unrestricted at OTAs and said he feels 100 percent healthy again, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski is coming off season-ending back surgery, which was his third back operation since 2009, but the All-Pro tight end didn't miss a practice during OTAs, nor was he restricted in what he could do. A full participant through and through, Gronkowski has returned to his usual self, which is a hugely reassuring development for fantasy owners.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 month ago

Gronkowski (back) was an on-field participant at voluntary OTAs this week, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

Less than six months removed from the third back surgery of his career, Gronkowski doesn't seem to have any practice limitations, though the story may be different once the Patriots are in full pads for contact work. While he may still be held out of some drills as a precaution this summer, it seems the tight end has made a full recovery from the injury that ended his 2016 campaign. His ability to actually stay healthy is as big of a concern as ever, which explains why the Patriots gave him an incentive-laden contract restructure earlier in the week.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
1 month ago

Gronkowski (back) restructured his contract on Tuesday, Edward Lewis of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The tight end's new deal is incentivized so he has the opportunity to earn as much as $10.75 million, compared to the $5.25 million he's on the books for. Gronkowski's pay raise is tiered to three different levels based on his performance next year. He'll have to achieve certain statistical marks to get raises, including playing up 70 percent of time, recording 60 receptions, or recording 800 receiving yards, among others. If he reaches the highest level and receives the $10.75 million, he will be the highest paid tight end in the league. All this hinges on his health, which was an issue last season due to back problems. However, should he remain on the field this year, it appears he'll likely be earning quite the pretty penny.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
3 months ago1 Comment

Gronkowski (back) is feeling good and will be ready to participate in the Patriots' offseason program, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski is four months removed from having his third back surgery since 2009, but that time off, along with his offseason work with the Patriots' training staff, has the hulking tight end raring to return for the team's offseason program. Gronkowski previously insisted his status for the regular season is under no threat, and him rejoining his teammates for offseason workouts would certainly support that stance. While the fact that he hasn't played 16 games since 2011 should still concern fantasy owners, having Gronkowski fully healthy long before Week 1 would at least provide some reassurance regarding his availability.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
4 months ago

Gronkowski who was placed on IR this past December after undergoing a procedure on his back, relayed that he has "no doubt" that he will be ready for the start of the upcoming regular season, CSN New England reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Gronkowski's optimism on the injury front is encouraging, the tight end's status will still be worth monitoring closely in the coming months due to his lengthy history of back woes (including three surgeries) as well as other assorted ailments. When healthy, Gronkowski -- who turns 28 in May -- is fantasy's top tight end, but following a 2016 campaign in which he only played eight games, logging 25 catches for 540 yards and three TDs in the process, his durability issues will no doubt be a concern for prospective fantasy owners. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Martellus Bennett -- who filled in capably for Gronkowski down the stretch -- is headed toward free agency and is a candidate to sign elsewhere this offseason.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
7 months 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.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
7 months 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.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
7 months 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.

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
7 months 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).

Rob Gronkowski
TE NE (9)
7 months 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.