Rob Gronkowski inactive, won't be a fantasy factor for at least another week

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Gronk is inactive again and won't be back until Week 3 at the earliest. We break down the fantasy implications.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been declared inactive for Thursday night's game against the New York Jets.

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Gronkowski is still not all the way back from back surgery. He got in some limited practice sessions this week, but was always a long shot to suit up in Week 2. The latest news is that he could be back as soon as Week 3, which seems to be a sensible timeline--the Patriots have 10 days before their next game.

Fantasy impact: It looks like Gronk will reward patient fantasy owners sooner than later. At worst, he should be ready for Week 4 after avoiding the regular season PUP. He will be a welcome presence for a Patriots offense desperate for healthy playmakers.

In the meantime, the Patriots will dress just two tight ends on Thursday. Zach Sudfeld is inactive with a hamstring issue, so Michael Hoomanawanui is expected to get the start. He's not worth a last-minute fantasy add.

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