The New England Patriots looked vulnerable for the first time all season last weekend, getting knocked off by the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football.
The Patriots’ offense has some question marks right now, especially at the tight end position. Enter: Rob Gronkowski.
New England’s star tight end remains retired from the NFL, though he’s reportedly being pushed to make a comeback.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft reportedly told Gronkowski when he retired that he should return in time for a playoff push. From NFL.com:
Kraft told Gronkowski that he wants him to return for November, December, and a playoff run. If that happened, the team not only would welcome him back but will remain hopeful that it happens.
Time is running out for Gronk to make a return. According to the rules, the last day for Gronkowski and the team to agree to grant him an official return to the roster would be Saturday, Nov. 30 — the day before the team’s Week 13 game.
Gronk, though, has yet to return, or even hint at the possibility.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that those close to Gronkowski don’t think he wants to come back this season.
One person who has recently communicated with Gronkowski said he has shown no signs of coming back to play.
The Patriots are off this week, before taking on the Eagles on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:25 p.m. E.T.