Rob Gronkowski injury update: Nearing return, fantasy owners still need backup plan


Rob Gronkowski is getting closer to a return. We break down the fantasy implications.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) has been downgraded from his Friday questionable listing, to OUT. Gronk did not travel with the Patriots to Cincinnati, and will not play against the Bengals on Sunday. He was limited in all sessions of practice this week, and the latest reports have him hoping for a Week 6 return.

The Patriots are still waiting for Gronk to make his debut, especially Tom Brady. Brady is averaging the fewest yards per passing attempt in 10 years and there have been tons of drops by his inexperienced receivers. The team also has received nothing from their tight ends -- a far cry from their production with two elite tight ends last year.

The Pats are 4-0 so there's little reason to rush Gronk back, but this is a big game and there could be playoff implications down the line when it comes down to head-to-head tiebreaks on January.

Fantasy impact: With Gronk officially out, owners do not need to wait for inactives before the 1 p.m. start. All indications are that he will play in Week 6, but you will want to keep an eye on his practice work this week.

More fantasy football news from SB Nation:

Get live advice daily in the Fantasy War Room

Today's fantasy football player updates

Week 5 fantasy football rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST

Latest News

In This Article

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.