Rob Gronkowski: Coaches decision if I play Sunday

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is once again dealing with health issues that have forced him to miss time, as he missed last weekend’s big win over Green Bay.

He’s been limited with knee and back issues in practice ahead of the team’s Week 10 game against the Tennessee Titans. And on Friday when he was asked if he’ll be playing in Sunday’s game, he played coy, saying it’s going to be a coaches decision.

According to Ryan Hannable of WEEI, his response when asked if he could was a shoulder shrug and a little laugh.

None of that is particularly comforting for Patriots fans, or for folks who play fantasy football, for that matter. What it boils down to is that nobody will likely know if Gronk will play Sunday until hours before the game begins.

So far this season, appearing in seven game, Gronkowski has caught 29 passes for 448 yards and just one touchdown. The last game he appeared in, Gronk quite honestly looked old and slow. It sure does seem like his career is creaking to a halt due to a relentless string of injuries, and that’s a shame.