Not so fast. After reports were released that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was likely to return Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, optimism has lessened on Friday that Gronkowski will actually play. As ESPN Boston reports on October 11, the star tight end was not cleared to play by Dr. James Andrews.
Known as one of the most accomplished orthopedic surgeons in the world, Dr. Andrews has been asked by the team to evaluate Gronkowski. After a series of surgeries throughout the summer, included multiple surgeries on his fractured forearm, Dr. Andrews feels Gronkowski needs more time to heal. It should be noted that the physician who performed the surgery also has not cleared Gronkowski to play.
The news may be frustrating for fans, but both the team and Gronkowski himself want to assure he is of full health before returning and not rushed back creating future damages. Gronkowski, however, maintained that his status is still day-to-day and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Head coach Bill Belichick spoke about his confidence in the medical staff that he has.
“As it relates to our medical people, we have confidence in all of them. They do a good job.”
Whenever Gronkowski returns it will jolt a struggling offense and even he is eager to get back out there on the field.
“It’s going to be a great feeling, obviously. [I’ve] just been working hard towards that goal and working hard every day to achieve that. It’s going to be exciting, when it happens, it’s going to be awesome.”
Unfortunately for Patriots fans, it seems like that excitement is a couple weeks overdue.