Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski on Sunday announced via Instagram that he's retiring. That leaves New England with Stephen Anderson, Jacob Hollister, Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse at the position. Hollister and Dwayne Allen combined for the team's only 7 TE receptions outside of Gronk's 47. The oft-injured veteran clearly declined over the past couple of years, but we also expect New England to address the position in at least the NFL Draft or free agency now that Gronkowski's done. Even if they add a TE or 2, Gronk's departure figures to leave targets and red-zone chances available for multiple positions.
Patriots WR Josh Gordon announced Thursday that he's stepping away from the team to focus on his mental health. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy. Don't expect to see him on the field again this season -- and this could spell the end of Gordon's NFL career. It's obviously a significant loss for the Patriots. Gordon has played over 70% of New England offensive snaps since arriving and averaged 6.2 targets per game. WR Chris Hogan would seem like the big winner, but he averaged just 4.7 targets and 2.3 catches over the first 3 weeks before the Gordon trade. We should see some more WR Cordarrelle Patterson, while WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB James White could also pick up an extra target or 2.
Update: Gordon has been suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy. It's the 5th suspension of his NFL career and could result in permanent banishment from the league.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Titans. New England has a Week 11 bye, so we’ll see if Gronk is ready to return come Week 12.
The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy reports that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) is not expected to play against the Titans on Sunday. That jibes with ESPN's Adam Schefter's report earlier this week. New England has a Week 11 bye, so Gronk will have had nearly a month off when the team returns to action in Week 12. "The Pats seem to be hoping that some rest in November will allow Gronkowski to recapture his top form down the stretch," Duffy writes. Fantasy owners are hoping for the same.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans after 3 limited practices. Gronk got in just 2 limited practices last week before ending up inactive, so he’s in a slightly better situation this week. And, more importantly, we’ll find out his status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, Gronk will be a mid-range TE1.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He was limited last Wednesday, sat out on Thursday and limited again Friday before missing the Sunday night game. We'll track his status over the next few days, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier this week that New England might opt to hold Gronk out of Sunday's game against the Titans with their bye coming in Week 11.
ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested on Monday Night Countdown that the Patriots could hold TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) out of Sunday's game against the Titans with their bye coming in Week 11. "So if they rest Gronkowski this week, that would get him two weeks of rest for the price of one," Schefter said. "But these issues have nagged at Gronkowski all year long. They continue to do the same." We'll track Gronk's status this week, but fantasy owners should be making other plans for Week 10.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Packers. Dwayne Allen will operate as New England’s lead TE but would be a desperation fantasy play. We’d rather use Titans TE Jonnu Smith tomorrow night if you’re searching for a Gronk replacement.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that there's "concern" about TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) and RB Sony Michel's (knee) statuses for tonight's game against the Packers. Both guys were limited in practice this week and are listed as questionable. It sounds like final decisions on their statuses will be made after pre-game warmups. That means we won't know whether they're playing until around 7 pm ET. If you have other viable options, Gronk and Michel should be on fantasy benches now.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Packers. He got in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggested on Friday afternoon that Gronk should be able to play in this one. Keep him penciled into fantasy lineups for now. We'll look for an update on Gronkowski's status on Sunday morning.
After putting in a limited practice on Wednesday, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) was sidelined on Thursday. It's unclear if he's having more back issues or just got the day off. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow. If you're deciding between Gronk and Jared Cook, we'd use Cook tonight. George Kittle has become shakier with QB Nick Mullens starting.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is active for tonight's game against the Bills. Get him in season-long lineups if you were waiting on him. Gronk is a risk/reward play in DFS.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski wouldn't guarantee that he'll play against the Bills on Monday night, but it sure sounds like he's on track to suit up. "Obviously I feel better. I've been taking steps every single day forward," Gronk said Saturday. "Definitely at this time last week, we're way better [now]." We'll look for another update on his status Sunday morning, but Gronkowski can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski doesn’t know whether he’ll play Monday night against the Bills, according to ESPN. Gronk does plan to travel with the team, so it sounds like a game-time decision. He’s officially questionable. If you have another quality option, that’s probably the way to go in your fantasy lineup. If you’d be reaching for a streaming-level replacement, then it might be worth waiting and stashing Dwayne Allen as lineup insurance.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) was limited again in Friday's practice. He's expected back for Monday night's game against the Bills, but we'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski returned to practice Thursday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Gronk is dealing with injuries to an ankle and his back, the latter of which cost him Sunday's game in Chicago. We'll certainly track his participation through the week and hope that he doesn't finish Saturday as a question mark for Monday night's kickoff. Dwayne Allen and Charles Clay would be the insurance options if that winds up the case with Gronkowski, who posted 2 nice fantasy outings against Buffalo in 2017.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) didn't participate in Wednesday's workout, according to NFL Network's Michael Giardi. It was an unofficial practice with New England not playing until Monday night. We'll get the week's first official practice report tomorrow. Gronk is tentatively expected back to face the Bills, but his status can't be taken for granted.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) is officially inactive for today’s game against the Bears. His injury isn’t considered a long-term concern, and he’s tentatively expected back for Week 8. Dwayne Allen will serve as New England’s lead TE today but is just a fantasy flier.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's back injury is not expected to be a "long-term" issue. His back reportedly "locked up" on him during Friday's practice. It's good news considering Gronk's history of back problems, which includes 3 surgeries. He's not going to play against the Bears today, but it sounds like he has a shot to return for Week 8.
The Patriots have downgraded TE Rob Gronkowski (back) to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. We just removed him from the Week 7 Rankings, and he should be on fantasy benches now. New England also ruled out TE Jacob Hollister with a hamstring injury. That leaves Dwayne Allen as the only healthy TE on the roster. But he'd still be just a desperation play for Gronk owners. Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and James White should lead the way in targets tomorrow.
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