The Facts: After missing three of the past four games with a lingering back injury, Gronkowski is expected to be able to play in New England’s next game after Sunday’s bye against the New York Jets, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Diehards Line:As for productivity in what's been a less-then-hoped-for season, consider what Tom Brady said: "I've played a lot of football with him, and I think I have a lot of trust and confidence. When he's not there, there's just a different level with other players.Sometimes we don't try some things because Gronk's not in there; sometimes we do." Cleary, the offense would benefit from a full speed Gronkowski. We'll all be watching to see where he's at when the Patriots get back to work this week.