Rob Gronkowski expected to play Week 1

Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski should be healthy enough to play in Week 1 in Miami on Sept. 7, according to Patriots.com.

“As has been the case in recent seasons this all comes down to the health of arguably the Patriots best player: Gronkowski. At this point all signs point toward Gronk being ready to go in Week 1,” writes Paul Perillo.

Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and MCL on Dec. 8 against the Cleveland Browns, and remains on schedule to return by the start of the season.

But Gronkowski hasn’t played a full 16 game season in two years.   In 2011, he caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns.  But the next season, Gronkowski was limited to 11 games, and in 2013, he played in just seven contests, catching 39 passes for 592 yards and four touchdowns.  

If Gronkowski can stay healthy this season, the Patriots lack of depth at the tight end position won’t be a problem.

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