Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Rob Gronkowski is likely to miss “one more game, at most.”
The Patriots take on the Jets in Week 7, so I’m sure we’ll hear plenty more regarding his status throughout the week.
“There’s curiosity and resentment, and he’s creating it by going out and kicking ass during the week and then he doesn’t show up on game day and help the team win,” one source said.
Werder adds that multiple sources have informed him that some teammates even wonder if Gronkowski intends to play at all this season.
The decision regarding whether or not Gronkowski would suit up for Week 6’s game against the Saints was left in the hands of Dr. James Andrews, who ultimately decided that Gronkowski should sit out another week.
Werder reports that Andrews involvement could be an indication that there is still trust issues between Gronkowski and the team.
Gronkowski put in full week of practice, and his performance was described as “dominant.”
“If he’s not playing in games, he damn sure should not be doing what he is in practice,” said Werder’s source. “Whatever is holding him back now isn’t going to be healed in two weeks, because there’s nothing wrong with the arm.”
Ultimately, the decision is up to Gronkowski as another injury to his forearm could put the remainder of his career in jeopardy. The fact that he’s missed the first six games of the season is a surprise given that New England elected to not place him on the PUP list at the start of season. We’ll have to see if the resentment from teammates grows should he miss more time.