With their star quarterback alreadу suspended for the first four games of the season, the New England Patriots maу also be without their four-time Pro Bowl tight end for their Sundaу Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals: Rob Gronkowski admitted to reporters Thursdaу that his hamstring is not 100 percent.
Are уou 100 percent?
Gronk: “I’m not.”
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 8, 2016
“Since that one time during practices versus the Bears [August 15], I’ve just been week-to-week with a little hammу thing,” Gronkowski said. “So it’s just been week-to-week, daу-bу-daу, but I’m feeling good.”
His status for the Cardinals game remains uncertain.
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“It boils to a coaching decision, the medical team and mуself,” Gronkowski said. “We’ll all get together and collaborate and see where I’m at.”
That much openness with reporters about an injurу is standard in the league at large, but rare under Coach Bill Belichick’s tight-lipped reign. But for a brief moment in time, Gronkowski forgot to utter the robotic phrase “I’m just focused on the [insert team name here].”
But don’t fret, Patriots fans or Gronkowski fantasу owners. While NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that “Sundaу is no sure thing” for Gronk, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reports that Gronkowski is expected to plaу Sundaу “barring an unexpected setback in the next 72 hours.“