Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots TE likely to stay on PUP
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn't any closer to practicing, and it's possible he may not be ready for the regular season as he recovers from back surgery. The Patriots have no update on his status and won't even make him available to the media until he's activated from the active/PUP.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe notes that Gronkowski spent the entire training camp in street clothes, and the most likely outcome is that he starts the regular season on the reserve/PUP list, making in ineligible for the first six weeks of the season.
The Patriots start the season on September 8, about 12 weeks after Gronkowski's back surgery. He also had four surgeries to repair a broken forearm, making it even more likely that he won't be ready in Week 1.
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