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Gronk doubtful, Amendola probable

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2013 – 5:48 pm

As expected it’s not looking good for Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to be suited up to play against his hometown team on Sunday. Receiver Danny Amendola however, looks ready to go.

Gronkowski, who just returned to practice coming off of offseason back surgery was limited all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Meanwhile, Amendola, widely viewed as the replacement for the departed Wes Welker, is probably coming off a groin injury. He participated fully in practice Friday.

RB Brandon Bolden (knee), WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring), DB Nate Ebner (ankle) and DB Duron Harmon (hamstring) are all questionable for Sunday’s game.


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WR Amendola, Gronk limited for Pats

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2013 – 4:47 pm

Patriots WR Danny Amendola has a history of injuries and he’s nursing one this week in advance of New England’s Week 1 matchup with Buffalo. TE Rob Gronkowski is considered by many reports to be a long shot as well as he tries to return from back surgery. Here’s how the Patriots injury report stacks up here on Wednesday.

Did not practice
OL Will Svitek – knee

Limited in practice
WR Danny Amendola – groin
RB Brandon Bolden – knee
WR Aaron Dobson – hamstring
DB Nate Ebner – ankle
TE Rob Gronkowski – forearm/back
DB Duron Harmon – hamstring


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Belichick cryptic on Gronk

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2013 – 4:42 pm

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did his daily dance with the New England media and was vague and cryptic with his answers concerning TE Rob Gronkowski, who practiced in pads for the first time since his offseason surgery.

Here’s how the Q&A went between Belichick and the Boston media, as reports continue to speculate on whether Gronkowski will be able to play Week 1 at Buffalo.

Q: How fair would it be to say that Rob Gronkowski has taken a step forward?

BB: This is his first opportunity to be in pads so, yes he’s definitely moving forward.

Q: What have you seen?

BB: He’s day-to-day.

Q: Does he have a shot to play on Sunday?

BB: He’s day-to-day.

Q: What do you need to see from him before you’re willing to put him on a game field?

BB: We take it day to day. Evaluate tomorrow based on how today goes, see how it goes. See how tomorrow goes and deal with whatever that day is, Wednesday or Thursday or whatever the day is. We’ll take it day to day. It’s the same way we do with everybody.

Q: Do you feel the last two days were a significant step for him?

BB: No, just the next step.

Q: What have you seen so far from Rob Gronkowski in practice?

BB: We evaluate any player coming back day to day. That’s what we do with every player.


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Report: Gronk to undergo 4th surgery

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2013 – 12:33 pm

New England Patriots tight end and WNY native Rob Gronkowski is going to undergo a fourth surgery on his injured forearm from last season.

According to the Boston Herald, the procedure is going to remove the metal plate that’s securing the broken bone in the forearm. The main problem right now is there is currently an infection in his arm, which is delaying the surgery as he is completing a six-week antibiotic regimen to eradicate the infection.

The metal plate in Gronkowski’s arm needs to be replaced and the recovery time is 11 weeks. Were he to have surgery today that rehab regimen would take him to the start of training camp, so it’s clear that Patriots doctors believe they have a bit of time to work with.

However, knowing the Bills open the season against the Patriots, monitoring Gronkowski’s health is something Buffalo’s coaching staff will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on through the summer.

 


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Lawson eager for matchup with Gronk

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 13, 2013 – 8:40 pm

The Bills signed LB Manny Lawson to play strong side-outside linebacker.  And that means he’s likely to spend a fair amount of time matching up against opponents tight ends.

Twice a year, Lawson will run into New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski, who’s enjoyed some of his biggest days in the NFL against the Bills.  But that doesn’t seem to faze Lawson.

In an appearance Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show, Lawson said he’s eager to line up and play against Gronkowski.

“I think I match up well against him, I really would like that challenge,” Lawson said.  “I think he weighs a little bit more.  He can’t out-run me.  It’s whether or not Brady can put the ball to where I can’t catch it, and where he can.  You can’t just throw the ball over my head and he can get it.  You gotta throw it really, if I extend my arms, it’s probably nine feet straight up.”

At 6-5 1/2, Lawson does have the height to match up with Gronkowski.  And he should be able to stay with him downfield, given his combine 40-times when he came into the league in 2006.

And even though Gronkowski seems to feast on the Bills defense, Lawson tells host John Murphy he won’t be losing any sleep about the matchup.

“Should I worry?  It is twice a year, and I look forward to it, going against somebody who is good.  We don’t know where he’s going to go down in history, but we respect him as a player, and a player who is good.  I want to go against him.”

The entire interview with Manny Lawson is available at buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow


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Gronkowski active

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2012 – 11:43 am

Rob Gronkowski is active for the Patriots today as expected. He was questionable this week with a hip injury.

Other notable Patriots out today include OL Logan Mankins, WR Julian Edelman and TE Aaron Hernandez.


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Pats began practicing day early

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2011 – 4:27 pm

The Patriots have clinched a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs, but there’s still home field advantage to clinch. It’s unclear if that’s the main reason, but per Bill Belichick the Patriots are preparing for this one every bit as much as any other. In fact according to TE Rob Gronkowski the coaching staff scheduled an extra day of practice on their typical off day of Tuesday this week.

“We started our practices (Tuesday),” said Gronkowski. “We’re going to be preparing for the Bills like it’s any other game.  We’ve got to win this game, it’s another big game and we don’t like losing around here so we’re taking this game [seriously].”  


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Pats could be without TE

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2011 – 12:08 pm

The New England Patriots have made heavy use of their two young tight ends in the passing game the first two weeks of the season in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. But there’s a good chance they’re down one of those players for their Week 3 matchup with the Bills.

According to Boston Herald reporter Ian Rapoport, Hernandez has a sprained MCL, with a prognosis of 1-2 weeks, meaning he wouldn’t be available for Sunday’s game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. While that would certainly help Buffalo to have one less tight end to worry about, Gronkowski has been a beast the first two weeks.

He’s got 10 catches for 172 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s first two ball games, and is the team’s leading scorer. Of course Buffalo’s Scott Chandler isn’t far off with seven catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns.


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Don’t sleep on Pats TEs

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2010 – 9:57 am

While Randy Moss and Wes Welker, deservedly get a great deal of the credit in New England’s passing attack, their two rookie tight ends are already making an impact.

Aaron Hernandez is almost like a tall receiver, while Rob Gronkowski is a more physical player that they use underneath and in the red zone.

“The way they can run the deep threat has really helped them a lot,” said Chan Gailey. “Hernandez I think had the longest play last week (46 yards). He’s really come on as a guy that can get down the field and make plays as he did in college. Both of those guys have been a big plus for their football team.”

Buffalo had their hands full with Jermichael Finley last week. It will bear watching to see how they approach the rookie tight end duo for New England on Sunday.


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Brady on Gronkowski

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2010 – 4:12 pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady had some glowing comments for one of his two new rookie tight ends and Western New York native Rob Gronkowski.

“He’s done a great job. He’s a young player,” said Brady. “I think he just turned 21, but since the day that he got here he’s made an impact on the team with both his blocking and what he’s been able to do for us in the passing game. He’s a big kid, really strong, he’s got real good speed. It’s just a matter of getting him more involved. He’s proven every week that he’s capable of doing some real good things in our offense so we’re trying to find ways to incorporate him more.”

Gronkowski is a Williamsville, NY native that played his college ball at Arizona.


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Gronkowski invited to NYC

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2010 – 7:48 am

WNY native and top draft prospect Rob Gronkowski might know where his draft stock exactly lies when it comes to NFL clubs, but he knows what the league thinks of his talents.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the tight end prospect was invited to attend the draft in New York per his twitter post (see below).

Adam_Schefter A vote of confidence: Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski has been invited to attend Thursday’s draft in New York.

Gronkowski is expected to come off the board anywhere between late round one and early round two. He played his high school ball at Williamsville North.


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Good workout for Gronkowski

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2010 – 7:15 pm

Arizona TE and WNY native Rob Gronkowski had his individual pro day Saturday and by most accounts performed admirably.

With back surgery keeping him from participating fully at the NFL Combine and at the Arizona pro day in mid-March, Gronkowski ran a wind-aided 4.65 40. He also had a 33 1/2-inch vertical along with a broad jump of 9’11″.

He has a solid performance in the position drills with just two drops.

Gronkowski is considered one of the top two tight end prospects in the 2010 draft class, as there is mixed opinion as to whether Gronkowski or Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham is the best game-breaking tight end in the class. Gronkowski played his high school ball at Williamsville North in Williamsville, NY before transferring to a Pittsburgh area school his senior year.


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Gronkowski sets pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2010 – 10:29 am

University of Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski only did the bench press at the NFL Combine to show his back was fully healthy after surgery. But he did not do anything else. Now he has set his pro day date to do all the other stuff.

Per his agent, Gronkowski will hold his pro day on March 27th in Tucson. The University of Arizona pro day will be March 12th.

“I just started running about two or three weeks ago,” Gronkowski said. “I need to get my conditioning back and get my times back down. Every single week my speed is improving so I think I need two or three more weeks until it improves to the fullest to where it was before my back surgery. So my doctors, agents and I decided it would be best for me to work out at the end of March.”

Gronkowski is considered one of the top two tight ends in the draft class and hails from Williamsville, New York.


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TE allows for a Bills moment

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2010 – 7:30 am

Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski, considered one of the top players at his position in this year’s draft class, allowed himself for just a moment to think about what it would be like to be drafted by his hometown team, the Buffalo Bills.

“Whatever happens, happens, if Buffalo takes me I’d be going back home,” said Gronkowski smiling.

The Williamsville native confirmed that the Bills were his team growing up.

“Yes, that was my number one team,” he said. “I was always watching the Buffalo Bills.”

Gronkowski even stated that he would have no problem going to a team that’s rebuilding like Buffalo.

“I don’t mind it at all,” he said. “I like rebuilding teams because if you rebuild (successfully) it that means you came in and helped out the team and made some history of bringing back the team. It would be fun doing that.”

With where Gronkowski is forecast to go in the draft (late first, early second) and the pressing positional needs for the Bills (OT, NT, QB) it’s unlikely that the stars will align for Gronkowski. The tight end said he has spoken to the Bengals, Ravens and Rams.


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Gronkowski has late March workout

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2010 – 4:13 pm

Western New York native and top tight end prospect Rob Gronkowski will not work out with his Arizona teammates at the school’s pro day on March 12th.

Instead Gronkowski told us at the NFL combine that he’ll have an individual pro day on campus in late March. He’s tentatively shooting for March 26th.

“My back is 100 percent, but I just started running two weeks ago,” said Gronkowski. “I need to get reconditioned and get my times back down. Every week my speed is improving so I think I need two or three more weeks until it improves to the fullest to where I was before my back surgery. So my doctors and agents and I all decided it would be best for me to work out at the end of March.”

Gronkowski had a herniated disc in his back that required surgery and forced him to miss his junior season (2009). Still he’s considered one of the top two tight ends in the draft. His pro day will take place in Tucson, Arizona.


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Gronkowski will bench

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2010 – 8:08 am

WNY native and one of the top tight end prospects in this year’s draft Rob Gronkowski confirmed that he’ll only be doing the bench press during the workout portion of the combine.

Gronkowski outlined why he will not be doing any of the other drills in his draft diary on SportingNews.com.

“For the other workouts, I’ll wait until my pro day in a few weeks when I’m 100 percent healthy and at full speed,” Gronkowski wrote.

Gronkowski missed the entire 2009 season after a herniated disc in his back required surgery. He and Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham are considered two of the best tight ends in the class. Gronkowski’s pro day is tentatively set for March 12.

We hope to speak with Gronkowski today here at the NFL Combine as Offensive linemen and tight ends arrive Thursday here in Indianapolis. Check back all day at Buffalobills.com for updates on the Bills and the prospects in this year’s draft class.


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Gailey to speak at combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2010 – 8:00 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey is scheduled to speak at the NFL combine Thursday.

Gailey is to take to the lectern at 10:45 am. We’ll have a full report later today (Thurs.) on both the written and video side on Buffalobills.com.

On tap position-wise today are the offensive linemen, with the offensive tackle contingent the strongest of that group. The tight ends will also be arriving today with WNY native and Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski among them.

Check back throughout the day at Buffalobills.com for combine updates.


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