Finally, it appears Rob Gronkowski will make his 2013 debut.
The New England Patriots tight end started practicing on Sept. 1, but every week since then has started with optimism and ended with him being inactive. His agent Drew Rosenhaus texted several media outlets on Friday that Gronkowski has "now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game." Gronkowski has been recovering from back and forearm surgeries.
So unless there's some weird setback – and the whole Gronk saga has grown to be pretty weird the last few weeks – he will play on Sunday against the Jets.
That would be a huge boost for the Patriots, who seem to have lost just about everyone else to injuries. Linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the injured list this week, and he's done for the season. Cornerback Aqib Talib looks unlikely to play against the Jets.
The Patriots' offense will be much better off. They've lacked viable targets in the passing game, especially in the red zone. Adding one of the two best tight ends in football should go a long way toward fixing those issues.
Gronkowski's return doesn't make the banged-up Patriots whole, but Tom Brady will surely be happy to see him out on the field.
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