The New England Patriots were able to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs without tight end Rob Gronkowski. The tight end had terrible back spasms a couple of days before the contest, and did not travel with his teammates. Now the Patriots have provided an update on his status for Week 8.
Jim McBride of The Boston Globe says that Gronk has “a shot” to play in the Week 8 matchup against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.
Mike Giradi of the NFL Network said the tight end had “painful back spasms,” noting there wa sa considerable amount of time focused on relieving Gronk’s issues on Saturday in order to get him ready for Sunday’s contest. However, there was no success. A team source confirmed that Gronk’s injury is a short-term thing, and he is expected to play.
Quarterback Tom Brady went on Westwood One with Jim Gray, and called Gronkowski week-to-week.
“I think he is week-to-week, too. Hopefully it is not a serious thing for him, too. The one thing about Rob is he works extremely hard at his rehab. As soon as he is back and healthy it is just a whole nother option for our team. He is the best tight end in the league so when he is out there they have to deal with him on every play. We are hoping things calm down for him and we’re hoping he’s back as soon as he is feeling 100 percent,” Brady said.
When reporters asked head coach Bill Belichick on the possibility that Gronk comes back this week, he said, “We hope to get everybody back. We’ll see.”
Gronkowski did not have much success this season, but his presence is really important for the contest against the Bills. In the 13 games played against the Buffalo, Gronk was able to total 66 catches for 1,027 and 12 touchdowns.