OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
1 day ago1 Comment

Gronkowski (back/ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against Tennessee, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the Patriots on bye in Week 11, the team has added incentive to hold out Gronkowski for another game to give him ample time to recover from the back and ankle issues. Dwayne Allen will likely start at tight end but wouldn't have much of a role in New England's passing attack.

OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
2 days ago

Gronkowski (back/ankle) did travel with the team to Tennessee,

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This doesn't necessarily conflict with a Saturday report by The Boston Globe's Kevin Duffy that the star tight end would be unavailable for Sunday's game, but it should reiterate the need for fantasy owners to check Gronkowski's status closer to the 1:00 PM ET kickoff. If the tight end is held out, Dwayne Allen would be the first in line for additional snaps.

OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
2 days ago

Gronkowski (back/ankle) is not expected to play Sunday against the Titans, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

The team has yet to make an official announcement, but it appears the Patriots want to be cautious with their star tight end, particularly with a Week 11 bye in the near future. If Gronkowski is ruled out for another week, look for Dwayne Allen to pick up the start. The former Colts tight end has done little with his extended opportunities, catching just one pass in the last three weeks despite playing in over 50 snaps during two of those contests.

OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
3 days ago

Gronkowski (back/ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after practicing in a limited fashion all week, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

With fellow skill players Julian Edelman (ankle) and Cordarrelle Patterson (neck) removed from the team's injury report Friday, Gronkowski is one of six players the Patriots list as questionable for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. Look for added clarity on the tight end's Week 10 status to arrive before the first wave of games this weekend, but keep in mind that it's plausible that the team could consider erring on the side of caution with Gronkowski Sunday, with New England's Week 11 bye on the horizon.

OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
4 days ago

Gronkowski (back/ankle) logged a limited practice Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

More on Gronkowski's status no later than the release of the Patriots' final Week 10 injury report, but we suspect that he's trending toward a game-day decision for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff against the Titans. It's possible that the team might might consider erring on the side of caution with Gronkowski this weekend with a Week 11 bye on the horizon, but if the tight end feels good at Friday's practice, he may be able to give it a go this Sunday after sitting out the team's Week 9 win over the Packers.

OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
5 days ago

Gronkowski (back/ankle) was listed as limited at Wednesday's walk-through practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Once the Patriots practice with pads, added context will arrive with regard to Gronkowski's status for Sunday's game against the Titans. With a Week 11 bye on the horizon, it possible that the team might consider erring on the side of caution with Gronkowski this weekend, but if he does end up trending toward game-time decision status against Sunday, fortunately New England plays at 1:00 ET on Sunday.

OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
5 days ago

Gronkowski (back/ankle) was present for Wednesday's walk-through practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Once the Patriots practice with pads, we'll get a better idea of Gronkowski's status for Sunday's game against the Titans. With that in mind, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe notes that the tight end's availability for that contest is not yet known, "but considering the Patriots have a bye the next week, it would not be surprising to see him sit" for the second straight week. In such a scenario, Dwayne Allen would continue to see added snaps, but he's been a non-factor in the Patriots' passing game, regardless of his workload.

OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
6 days ago

The Patriots are viewing Gronkowski (back/ankle) as week-to-week after his injuries left him unavailable in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gronkowski was inactive for the second time in three weeks Sunday, though it appeared he was close to suiting up after the Patriots didn't decide on his status until watching him complete a pre-game warmup. The Patriots haven't confirmed Schefter's report -- and probably won't -- that Gronkowski is considered a week-to-week proposition, so the tight end's involvement in practice will bear monitoring leading up to the team's next matchup Nov. 11 against the Titans. Given that the Patriots have a two-game lead in the division and are on bye in Week 11, there may be some incentive for the team to hold Gronkowski out for another game if there's any lingering concern about his health heading into the weekend. Dwayne Allen would likely pick up another start if Gronkowski is withheld from action against Tennessee, but Allen wouldn't see much involvement in the passing game in such a scenario with only three targets to his name across nine games this season.

OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
1 week ago

Gronkowski (back/ankle) is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

With both Gronkowski and Jacob Hollister (hamstring) out Sunday night, Dwayne Allen will handle the team's tight end duties. His profile in the Patriots' passing game doesn't figure to be big though, with Gronkowski's targets likely to be largely absorbed by the team's wideout corps.

OUTRob Gronkowski
TE NE (11)
1 week ago

Gronkowski (back/ankle) will go through a pregame warmup Sunday before his status is decided for the Patriots' game against the Packers, but the team is concerned about his availability, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The same applies to top running back Sony Michel (knee), potentially leaving the Patriots without two of their best playmakers in the Sunday night matchup. Given the contest's 8:20 p.m. EST kickoff, fantasy owners could be motivated to explore other options at tight end in Week 9 lineups, as few alternatives would be on hand if Gronkowski ends up being sidelined for the second time in three weeks. Dwayne Allen would likely absorb the brunt of the snaps at tight end if Gronkowski is sidelined, but the Patriots deploy Allen almost exclusively as a blocker when he's on the field.