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Mike Lombardi on OMF: People are jumping to conclusions with Rob Gronkowski

Ryan Hannable
November 24, 2018 - 8:48 am

After missing three out of the last four games with nagging ankle and back injuries, some have already said this is Rob Gronkowski's final season in New England.

The tight end has a cap hit of $12 million next season and if he plays like he has so far this year that obviously isn't worth it, which is why many have said the Patriots may part ways with him following this season.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Friday with Andy Hart and Steve Buckley filling in, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi said it's too early to say.

“I think you can say that based on he hasn’t played a lot and all that, but I think you are jumping to conclusions there," he said. "I don’t think anyone knows the health situation of those games. He has one touchdown pass and he’s been hurt, so it’s easy to conclude he won’t be back. Well, I am not sure that is the right conclusion. I think the six remaining games is going to determine everybody’s future in terms of the NFL, that is what always happens. If they make a long run and Gronk goes back to his old form and he’s healthy, I think that is completely false.”

So far in the seven games Gronkowski has played, he has 29 receptions for 448 yards and a touchdown.

Gronkowski is expected to return Sunday against the Jets after saying Friday he's "good to go."

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