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Ian Rapoport on K&C: Rob Gronkowski ankle injury more of an issue than back injury

Ryan Hannable
November 02, 2018 - 10:49 am

Rob Gronkowski missed the game against the Bears two weeks ago and then has missed two practices in the last week, including Thursday.

The tight end has been listed on the injury report with both back and ankle injuries, but according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, one is more of an issue than the other.

“From what I understand, the ankle is more of an issue than the back," he said Friday on Kirk & Callahan. "Him being limited is more ankle related than back related. With that being said, we’ll see if he practices [Friday], but getting him off the field and trying to get this right is a good thing. It would be nice to win against the Packers, it’s an important game, but everything the Patriots do is about long-term. I think getting Gronk right and looking like himself is if not the No. 1 priority right now, very, very high on the list.”

Gronkowski has just 29 catches for 448 yards and a touchdown this season.

“I am not saying that this is the end because I really don’t know that, but I would say his play and the way he looks different from last year is something that is noticeable and that people defending him have noticed," Rapoport said. "Obviously, that is something the Patriots are going to have to deal with going forward.”

The Patriots host the Packers Sunday night, but it remains to be seen if Gronkowski will play.

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