The New England Patriots labeled tight end Rob Gronkowski as a limited participant during Thursday’s practice. However, it now appears, straight from the source, that the veteran tight end will be a go for Sunday’s road game against the rival New York Jets.
“I’m good to go, ready to play. Whatever the coaches call, whatever plays they have me in, I’ll be ready to roll,” he said during a media session on Friday.
Gronkowski has been ailed by a thigh injury, one which kept him out during Wednesday’s practice. Also missing from that practice was quarterback Tom Brady, though he, like his tight end, was a limited participant during Thursday’s go-round.
The veteran pass catcher missed the team’s Thursday Night Football win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5 with a “thigh contusion.” Gronkowski, who has been hampered by injuries over recent memory, suffered the setback four days prior to the game, during a loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Gronkowski was also decimated by a groin injury during the Week 2 win over the New Orleans Saints, leaving the contest in the third quarter after tearing the opposition up for 116 yards and one touchdown on six receptions. The 28-year-old has 20 receptions for 318 yards and two scores on the season. He brought down eight balls for 89 yards and one touchdown in a Week 3 win over the Houston Texans then snared four passes for 80 yards against the Panthers.
The Patriots, with extra rest following the Thursday matchup in Week 5, will play on road against the Jets, who enter the AFC East clash riding a three-game winning streak.