Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been experiencing an extended stay on the injury report — a concerning detail in his puzzling start to the 2018 season. Though he has experienced flashes of success, Gronkowski has been limited to just one touchdown this season and has missed two games due to ankle and back woes. With rumors of retirement and unrest still lingering from last season, many are left wondering if things are copacetic with the four-time first-team All-Pro selection. Here’s what we know about the situation: A timeline of Gronkowski’s status: Gronkowski first popped up on the injury report in Week 3, two days before the Patriots’ matchup against the Detroit Lions. He was limited in one practice with an ankle injury but returned to full participation the following day and was removed from the injury report. Against the Lions, Gronkowski was on the field for 100 percent of New England’s offensive snaps; he caught four passes on five targets for … [Read more...] about What’s going on with Rob Gronkowski?
The Celtics gave the Bucks their first loss of the season on Thursday night at TD Garden, triumphing 117-113. Boston set a team record for most three-pointers in a game, with 24. Elsewhere, the Bruins head to Nashville to face the Predators on Saturday, and the Patriots welcome the Packers on Sunday night. Rob Gronkowski is “not right,” according to a former Patriots executive: Gronkowski wasn’t seen at Patriots practice Thursday, which potentially is an indication that he’s still dealing with an injury. But even before then, a former team assistant had a blunt assessment. Mike Lombardi, the former Browns general manager who worked with the Patriots as an “assistant to the coaching staff” from 2014-2016, sounded off on Gronkowski in a recent episode of his podcast, “GM Street.” “And look, I’ve said it on the podcast before: You can watch the tape, study the tape, I think Gronk’s a great player,” Lombardi said. … [Read more...] about Morning sports update: Mike Lombardi said Rob Gronkowski is ‘not right’
After Aaron Gouveia posted a series of tweets last week about his 5-year-old son, Sam, getting teased by classmates for painting his nails red, his family received an influx of encouraging messages from people around the country, many of whom performed acts of solidarity to show their support. Debra Messing shared Gouveia’s story with her Twitter followers, flagging it as a must-read thread; Former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett sent words of encouragement to Sam; and Tara Strong, who voices characters in popular children’s cartoons, reached out directly. Gouveia, who lives in Franklin with his wife and three sons, was floored by the response. “I can’t even keep up, honestly,’’ he said of all the feedback his son received. But then, on Saturday, almost a week after Gouveia first shared on social media what had happened to Sam at school, a response arrived on Twitter that caused him to do a double-take: New England Patriots star … [Read more...] about Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots respond to Franklin boy teased for painting his nails
CHICAGO — Tight end Rob Gronkowski did not make the trip to Chicago with the Patriots but has not yet been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Bears, a league source told the Globe. Gronkowski was downgraded to doubtful for the game Saturday night. Gronkowski has a back injury that was added to the Patriots injury report on Friday. He also has been dealing with an ankle injury since Week 3. Gronkowski could make the flight separately and try to play, but because he didn’t travel with the team makes it doubtful he’ll be ready to go Sunday afternoon. Gronkowski has started all six games for the Patriots this season. He has caught 26 of 35 passes thrown his way for 405 yards and one touchdown. Those numbers aren’t especially prolific by his high standards, but Gronkowski’s importance to the offense was evident when Tom Brady went his way in the final, critical moments of the Chiefs game last Sunday. Three players were ruled out of Sunday’s game … [Read more...] about Rob Gronkowski does not make trip to Chicago with Patriots
Amid the back-and-forth drama of the Patriots’ 43-40 win over the Chiefs on Sunday night, NBC microphones picked a humorous pre-play moment between Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. During the second quarter – as the Patriots were driving for yet another touchdown – Brady looked over the Chiefs’ defense and decided he needed Gronkowski to switch out of his regular stance on the line-of-scrimmage. So, instead of masking it in the usual language of football audibles, Brady simply told Gronkowski what he wanted. “Gronk, stand up,” Brady said. And, to no one’s surprise, Gronkowski obliged. Still, Brady didn’t like what he saw in the Kansas City defense and elected to call a timeout. On Monday, Brady explained the play during his weekly interview with WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan.” “The formation was for him to be in his stance, but based on something I saw, I just wanted him to stand up and just make sure he had good body … [Read more...] about Why Tom Brady told Rob Gronkowski to ‘stand up’ during Patriots-Chiefs