Rob Gronkowski, Nate Solder & Jonathan Cooper have been downgraded to out for #NEvsAZ.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 10, 2016
Gronkowski is officially listed as “questionable” with a hamstring injury.
Gronkowski mentioned that his hamstring is still bothering him, and referred to himself as “week-to-week.”
According to Ian Rapoport, Gronkowski playing in Week 1’s game against the Cardinals is “no sure thing.”
The Patriots signed Martellus Bennett after he was cut loose by the Bears, so even if Gronkowski is active, he should see a solid number of snaps this weekend.
Gronkowski, 27, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2010. He’s currently in the fifth year of his eight-year, $55.23 million contract that included $13.17 million guaranteed.
Gronkowski has outplayed this contract by a mile and is one of the most underpaid players in the NFL, especially with the new contracts signed by tight ends. He stands to make base salaries of $2.25 million (2016), $4.25 million (2017), $8 million (2018) and $9 million (2019) over the remainder of the contract.
In 2015, Gronkowski appeared in 15 games for the Patriots and caught 72 passes for 1,176 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 1 tight end out of 67 qualifying players.