After Tom Brady’s Sickness, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ TE Rob Gronkowski Listed As Doubtful for Patriots Fixture

Published 10/02/2021, 7:48 AM EDT
TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski #87 and Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrate winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Tom Brady is not the only one supposed to have a homecoming at Foxborough this Sunday. Rob Gronkowski also used to be a Patriot some years back. However, it seems like Brady may have to be the lone ex-Patriot in the squad after Gronkowski has been listed as doubtful.

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Gronkowski has not participated in the team practice all week. He sustained a rib injury during his game against Los Angeles Rams, so his chances for playing against the Patriots seem bleak.

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Rob Gronkowski suffers an injured rib

After the 32-year-old tight end caught a short pass from Brady, he was immediately brought down by the Rams linebacker Terrell Lewis. Gronkowski left the field in pain but came back after a sideline examination.

Head coach Bruce Arians later stated that the X-rays on Gronkowski’s ribs did not reveal a fracture. However, the injury is still bothering him, because of which he has missed some valuable hours of training before one of the most awaited matches of the season.

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Gronkowski was one such player who wanted to play in the Bucs and Pats matchup, but his chances of participation seem to have narrowed down. However, he still promoting the game on Twitter, but that’s hardly a better indication of his future plans.

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Injury laden Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to be burdened with an unprecedented amount of injuries ahead of their crucial matchup with the Patriots. With Jason Pierre-Paul questionable due a shoulder injury, Giovani Bernard and Jamel Dean out with knee injuries, and the latest rumors suggesting Tom Brady sounding extremely sick, the Bucs lineup has a lot of hurdles to cross before the weekend clash.

NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski celebrates scoring their first touchdown with Tom Brady REUTERS/Eve Edelheit

As the game approaches closer and closer every minute, Bruce Arians has to make drastic changes to produce desirable results in the field against the Patriots.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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