If Super Bowl LII were played this Sunday, Rob Gronkowski would not suit up. Fortunately for the New England Patriots, they have an additional week until the big game with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots always need Gronk. But against the Eagles, he gives them a distinct advantage.
The Eagles defense really only has one weakness: they can’t defend tight ends. And Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister haven’t made an impact in the passing game this year. If the Patriots are going to exploit Philly’s lone weakness, they’re going to need Gronk. Plain and simple.
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The Pats announced Gronkowski, their All-Pro tight end who left the AFC Championship Game because of a concussion, did not participate in practice Friday and would have been ruled out if the Pats played this weekend. Gronkowski has never been listed in the injury report with a concussion during his career. However, he did suffer a concussion on the same play he tore his ACL in 2013, according to The Boston Globe. The earliest Gronkowski could have been cleared from concussion protocol was Thursday, January 25.
The cut to Brady’s right hand, which seemingly had little effect on his game in Sunday’s AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, continues to heal., the team announced quarterback returned to practice in full after being limited participants in Thursday’s workout. Along with safety Devin McCourty (shoulder).
Uh, so if we’re sitting here and I had choose would I want a concussion right now or my knee blown out, I’m going to say a concussion,” Gronk said during an interview with CBS in April 2015. “Why would I want to sit there for eight months and not do anything, when with a concussion I’ll just wake up and I’ll be ready to go again.”
The Patriots noted defensive lineman Deatrich Wise(concussion) would have been out if the game were played Sunday. They listed defensive lineman Malcom Brown (foot), who did not practice, and running back Mike Gillislee (knee) and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle (knee), who were limited participants, would have been questionable.
On the Philadelphia Eagles’ side of the injury report, defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan (illness) did not practice while running back Jay Ajayi (ankle) was limited for the second straight day. Running back Kenjon Barner (illness) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) were full participants.