Bucs TE O.J. Howard has been setback-free so far in his recovery from October's torn Achilles, HC Bruce Arians said Tuesday. Arians added that Howard is "real close" to getting back to pre-injury form, although that seems optimistic for an injury that often takes a year-plus to return from. It does sound like he has a good chance to be ready for the start of the 2021 campaign. It's worth remembering that Howard out-targeted TE Rob Gronkowski 19 to 14 over the first 4 games of last season.
The Bucs and TE Rob Gronkowski have agreed to a new 1-year, $10 million deal. Gronk was always expected to return to Tampa to make a run at another Super Bowl and has been projected that way in our rankings. He played in all 16 regular-season games last year for the 1st time since 2011, compiling a 45-623-7 line on 77 targets. That landed him 8th among TEs in PPR points. Gronk benefitted from injuries to both WR Chris Godwin and TE O.J. Howard, who will be back for 2021, so we have him projected for fewer targets and fantasy points.
Bucs TE Cameron Brate (back) is questionable for the Super Bowl. After being added to the injury report on Thursday, he didn't practice on Friday. We'll get Brate's game status around 5 pm ET on Sunday. His absence would mean a boost in projections for both TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Antonio Brown.
Bucs TE O.J. Howard will miss the rest of the season with his Achilles injury, according to NFL Network's James Palmer. Howard had been playing a significant role, tallying 19 targets through 4 games. His absence should mean more action for TEs Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate, plus Tampa's WRs.
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) 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.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play Sunday against the Bears, according to multiple reports. Gronk reportedly landed on the injury report Friday with a back issue and did not travel with the team to Chicago. New England is reportedly keeping open the possibility that Gronk could play if he feels good Sunday, but you should make alternate fantasy plans.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) is expected to be active for tonight's game against the Colts. We heard the same from NFL Network's Michael Giardi on Tuesday. Gronk's ankle injury isn't serious, but this short week isn't helping him. It's still possible that he's on a snap count and/or in a decoy role tonight. That said, Gronk belongs in fantasy lineups unless you somehow also own Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce.
The Patriots expect TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) to be on the field for Thursday night's game against the Colts, according to NFL Network's Michael Giardi. Gronk's ankle injury is "not that big of a deal," Giardi adds. We heard the same from ESPN's Adam Schefter yesterday. Gronkowski will obviously come with more risk than usual in Week 5. But if he's active, he belongs in season-long fantasy lineups.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's ankle injury is not considered serious. It's been lingering for a couple of weeks now, though, and Schefter calls Gronk "questionable" for Thursday night's game against the Colts. We'll keep a close eye on him over the next few days.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is officially questionable to return to Sunday's game against Miami with an ankle injury. He was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable for this one with an ankle. With New England up 31-0, we doubt Gronk will return. We'll look for updates on his status.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) is not listed on the final Week 3 injury report. After being limited on Thursday, he returned to a full practice on Friday. Keep Gronk glued into fantasy lineups in a sweet spot against the Lions on Sunday night.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was added to the injury report Thursday as limited with an ankle. There's been nothing to indicate this is a real concern, but a mid-week addition to the injury report for a guy with Gronk's history is always worth monitoring. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) was removed from the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He told reporters afterward that he’s “ready to roll.” Lock Gronk back into fantasy lineups.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that the Patriots expect TE Rob Gronkowski back for Week 6. The thigh injury he suffered in Wednesday's practice is believed to be minor, but he wasn't able to play 24 hours later. Another 9 days of rest and recovery should do the trick. We'll monitor Gronk's status throughout next week.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is officially inactive for tonight's game against the Bucs. ESPN's Adam Schefter called his injury a "thigh contusion," but that's all we know right now. Gronk has 10 days to get ready for Week 6 against the Jets. Dwayne Allen figures to serve as New England's top pass-catching TE tonight, but Gronk's targets will also be spread to Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and James White.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) is not expected to play against the Bucs tonight. Whoah. Gronk was limited in Wednesday's practice and listed as questionable, but there had been no indication that he was in danger of missing this game. Schefter calls Gronkowski's injury a "thigh contusion." We'll get New England's official inactive list around 7 pm ET, but Gronk should obviously be out of fantasy lineups now. His absence would leave Dwayne Allen as the Patriots' lead TE -- and a TD-dependent fantasy flier.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) will play against the Bucs tonight. But he adds that Gronk "figures to be limited some." It's unclear exactly what that means for his snap and target counts, but he's obviously dealing with a legitimate injury. It's a reason to consider fading Gronkowski in DFS. But he remains a must-start in season-long leagues.
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