Following an uninspired loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Patriots will have to rediscover themselves on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. With a possible shootout looming against the Lions, New England will need Rob Gronkowksi on the field.
Gronkowski has been dealing with an ankle injury, as his participation was limited during practice. Fortunately for the Patriots, the latest update on his status bodes well for this weekend.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Gronkowski’s injury shouldn’t cause any concern over his health and availability for this Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2018
Patriots reporter Mike Reiss also gave an update on Gronk, saying he’s “moving well,” during today’s practice.
Notes from practice:
• TE Jacob Hollister, S Patrick Chung (concussion), DE Trey Flowers (concussion) not spotted.
• TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) moving well.
• “Rapper’s Delight” (The Sugarhill Gang) plays during stretching.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 21, 2018
The All-Pro tight end had an amazing start to the season, but his production last weekend was minimal. If he’s healthy enough to play this week, he’ll have the chance to face former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
While much of the audience will be eager to see Josh Gordon making his debut for the Patriots, the status of Gronkowski should be equally important.