Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski confirms he’ll play against the Jets on Sunday

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski plans to play on Sunday when the Patriots take on the New York Jets.

“I’m good to go, ready to play,” Gronkowski said at a press conference, per Nora Princiotti of the Boston Globe.

Gronkowski had a thigh injury that kept him out of last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots were able to win without him, though it was close. Having him in the lineup opens everything up on offense and gives quarterback Tom Brady a security blanket. With wide receiver Julian Edelman out and Brady taking a lot of hits, being able to get the ball out quickly to a guy he can trust is crucial.

This isn’t a surprise, either. Gronkowski almost was able to play last week, and that was on Thursday. The extra days off ensured that he was ready now. He’s been expected to play all week.

“Gronk missed the Pats’ victory against the Buccaneers last Thursday due to a thigh contusion that resulted from a leg whip four days earlier against the Panthers, according to a source,” Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald wrote on Wednesday. “But at this point, Gronkowski will be ready Sunday when the Patriots meet the Jets at MetLife Stadium. The origin of the injury had been unknown until now. The Patriots initially listed Gronkowski on the injury report as a limited participant last Wednesday — the day before they played the Buccaneers — which was odd because they conducted a walkthrough that morning prior to their flight. As an indication that he could potentially play against the Bucs, Gronk still traveled with the team but was ultimately held out and watched the game from the bench with a compression sleeve on his left thigh.”

Gronkowski sounds eager to take the field for a rivalry game. If the game gets chippy and trash talk starts flying, he’ll probably enjoy it.

“I like when people talk garbage to me,” he said, per NESN’s Zach Cox.

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