Gronkowski ready for week three?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, August 19th, 2013

There was an ESPN report today that says it would be a stretch for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to be ready for the teams opener. The report also quotes sources that say he “looks great, is doing great” but he’s still be doing nothing but running and lifting. The Boston Herald says that while he might not be ready for the opener, he’s right on pace to return in mid-September.

“It’s a huge stretch to think he could play against the Bills,” the source said.

Despite that, another source said Gronkowski “looks great, is doing great” during his workouts at the Patriots’ training facility, where he has been running and lifting. (ESPN)

He’s “right on schedule” for a mid-September return. In fact, he’s healed and advanced to the point where he would be close to playing Week 1 in Buffalo, the source said.

However, the more realistic time frame for him to be ready and in “football shape” would be shortly after, right around Game 3 against Tampa Bay assuming there are no setbacks. (The Boston Herald)

If he’s on pace for mid-September then the big question becomes will the Patriots place him on the PUP list or not. If they place him on that list he won’t be able to play till week six. If they don’t the Patriots lose a roster spot till he’s truly ready to play.

Should Gronkowski continue on his current path and not suffer any setbacks I think he’ll stay off the PUP list. They’ll surely want him on the field as soon as he’s ready to play.

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