When the New England Patriots release their weekly injury report, not even a senior theoretical physicist could truly predict what it really means. The Patriots are famous for placing players who are merely dinged up on the report, while their opponents try to prepare for two different scenarios. Simply put, there is little point in trying to figure out how badly certain Patriots are actually injured.
Last week it was Brandon Lloyd. He was listed as questionable, only to go off and have his best game of the 2012 NFL season. Could the same thing happen with Rob Gronkowski this Sunday?
The Patriots have listed their All-Pro tight end as questionable with a hip injury entering Sunday’s big road contest against the Buffalo Bills. He was said to have been limited in practice this week, so the team went ahead and designated him as questionable, which would generally dictate that the player has a 50/50 chance of suiting up and playing this week.
With the Patriots, figure more like 95/5 chance.
Simply put, there is no way that Gronkowski misses this game against the Bills. Not only is he from the Buffalo area and will look to put on quite a show for many friends and family members expected to be in attendance, but Gronkowski is the only tight end capable of putting up big numbers with Aaron Hernandez still out and Kellen Winslow already released after just one game with New England.
With Julian Edelman also expected to miss this week’s game, Gronkowski will have to put up some big stats alongside Lloyd and Wes Welker, who has recently found himself back heavily involved in the Patriots’ offense.
Gronkowski may be questionable in NFL Injury Report terms, but there is basically zero chance of him not playing in this game for the 1-2 Patriots in a huge AFC East tilt with the Bills on Sunday.