ESPN reporter Ed Werder said on SportsCenter Monday that the Patriots legitimately have no idea when TE Rob Gronkowski might be able to return from his scheduled back surgery.
“The fact is the Patriots really don’t know when he’s gonna come back,” Werder stated. The Pats will have a better feel once Gronk’s back operation is performed Tuesday, but Werder reports Bill Belichick has prepared “many contingencies.”
If you don’t believe that, consider that the Pats are currently carrying a league-high seven tight ends on its 90-man roster.
Gronkowski will open camp on the PUP list, and it appears likely he will stay there into the regular season.