New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is back. He’ll reportedly play against the New York Jets on Sunday, Oct. 15, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Gronkowski was dealing with a thigh injury a week ago. He tried to fight through it in the lead-up to the game against the Buccaneers, but he ultimately couldn’t go. He sat and watched as the Patriots scraped out a 19-14 win.
Fans were not sure how Gronkowski had been injured, but Howe also broke that news. It looks like someone leg-whipped him while playing the Carolina Panthers.
“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,” Howe wrote. “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.”
The Patriots lost that game to the Panthers, 33-30, as quarterback Cam Newton threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Gronkowski helped the Patriots try to keep up by hauling in 4 passes for 80 yards, but it ultimately wasn’t enough. He never found the end zone. He’ll look to bounce back against the Jets.
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