Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots TE participates in individual drills

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski is doing individual work at Patriots practice, but his regular season status is still as murky as ever.

Rob Gronkowski still isn't participating in team drills with the New England Patriots, but he is doing individual work according to Field Yates of ESPN Boston. The tight end, who still recovering from surgical procedures on his back and forearm, was spotted doing agility drills and catching passes from a Pats assistant strength coach along the sideline at practice.

Gronkowski's status for the Pats' Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills hasn't been clarified officially, but given that he is still on the team's physically unable to perform list, his outlook doesn't look good for the season opener. Last reports indicated that Gronkowski could return by Week 3 of the regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

While Gronkowski sits, the Patriots will continue to rely on some combination of Michael Hoomanawanui, Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard to get production out of the tight end spot. The return of wide receiver Danny Amendola from injury also helps, as well as the emergence of undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.

More from SB Nation NFL:

Play the No. 1 free fantasy football game

VIDEO: Rex Ryan’s press conference meltdown

Geno Smith channels Dan Orlovsky in safety

NFL preseason Week 3: Complete coverage

Did the NFL strongarm ESPN out of concussion reporting?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
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,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

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

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

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

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

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.