COMMENTARY | It wasn't too long ago that the New England Patriots had a pair of tight ends taking the league by storm. As the team's offense continues to figure itself out, they could certainly use more production from the position. Aaron Hernandez is gone for obvious reasons, but we're still waiting for Rob Gronkowski to return and save the day.
Everyone has been wondering exactly when Gronk will come back while he recovers from back and forearm injuries. Some thought he would play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he was held out for yet another game. Although the Patriots got by without him, they will certainly need him going forward.
While fantasy owners and fans continue to hold their breath, there is an update regarding his injury status. As of now, the team's major concern is reportedly with his forearm. This shouldn't be terribly surprising, as Gronk had his fourth arm surgery just a few months ago.
For now, at least Gronk's back appears to be good, right? So there's that, I suppose.
The Patriots have survived three games without him, partially thanks to a very favorable schedule. Although having him healthy by the end of the season and beyond is the team's primary concern, they could surely use him over the next few weeks when they take on the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, and New Orleans Saints.
It's hard to see exactly who will fill Gronkowski's void at tight end if he doesn't return by next week. While many believed Zach Sudfeld might step in, he's done nothing all season. The burden would likely fall on the receivers, who are already picking up Danny Amendola's slack.
The Patriots are fortunate to be sitting at 3-0, and they'll need Gronk back sooner rather than later to keep pace.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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