Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski: Should He Play Against Tampa Bay?

September 18, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New England Patriots have struggled on offense the last two weeks without their best offensive weapon, two-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski.
It's not surprising: Since Gronkowski entered the league in 2010, he has more touchdowns (39) than any other receiver and more than any running back other than Arian Foster or Adrian Peterson. Those 39 TDs are also more than one-third of all New England's passing TDs over that span.
Gronkowski has been sidelined for all of the young 2013 regular season, recovering from the broken arm he suffered against the Indianapolis Colts during the 2012 season and from offseason back surgery. But ESPN.com's Ed Werder reports that there is a 50-50 chance that Gronkowski will be in the lineup when the Patriots play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium (1 p.m. ET on Fox).
The big question, though, is whether the Patriots should play Gronk at all.
The most obvious reason for starting Gronkowski is, q...

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