With the next Patriots game coming on Thursday night, the team had to release an injury report on Monday, despite not practicing. But if they did, tight end Rob Gronkowski wouldn’t have participated.
The first official injury report is out for the Patriots ahead of their Thursday night tilt against the Indianapolis Colts. Gronkowski was the only player listed on the “hypothetical” injury report as a non-participant with an ankle injury.
Jeff Howe of The Athletic tweeted that Gronkowski wouldn’t have practiced if Monday were a real practice day, hence his “DNP” designation.
The tight end left Sunday’s 38-7 win over the Dolphins with the injury and didn’t return. On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the injury isn’t considered serious and Gronkowski is expected to be listed as “Questionable” for Thursday night. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added that Gronkowski is essentially “day-to-day”.
Gronkowski’s ankle injury could possibly be affecting his production. He caught just four passes for 44 yards against the Dolphins on Sunday and has made just 10 catches in his last three games.
Adam Butler and Elandon Roberts were two new additions. Here’s the full official injury report from the Patriots:
Did Not Participate
TE Rob Gronkowski – Ankle
DT Adam Butler – Knee
WR Josh Gordon – Hamstring
DE Geneo Grissom – Ankle
TE Jacob Hollister – Chest
LB Brandon King – Foot
LB Elandon Roberts – Calf
CB Eric Rowe – Groin
DT Danny Shelton – Elbow
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