The New England Patriots offense has been without the services of TE Rob Gronkowski since week 11. Against the Indianapolis Colts, Gronkowski broke his forearm late in the game while blocking on an extra point. He returned to Patriots practice earlier this month, but has yet to find his way back to the field.
Speaking to members of the media for the first time earlier this week, the dynamic pass catcher told reporters that he was still awaiting medical clearance to return despite being listed as questionable for the past two Patriots games.
Various media outlets are reporting this evening that Gronkowski will indeed return to the field in the New England season finale against the Miami Dolphins but his exact role and scope of participation remains in doubt currently. CSNNE.com is reporting this evening that he will indeed play in some sort of a limited role, as the site uses an unnamed source for the information.
New England currently holds the number three overall seed in the AFC. If Denver or Houston loses on Sunday, the Patriots could earn a number two seed and a first round bye if they are able to knock off the Dolphins.
Gronkowski has not played for six weeks and if he has indeed been medially cleared to play, the patriots would be wise to get him on the field, even if just for a few snaps to get him back and dust off the cobwebs.