Was Patriots’ Keeping of TE Rob Gronkowski on Active Roster a Waste of a Spot?

October 9, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On Tuesday, ESPN.com's Ed Werder reported that the New England Patriots are hopeful that All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will be cleared by Dr. James Andrews to play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Fox).
He then went on to make this rather astonishing claim (all emphasis in quotes mine):
If Gronkowski plays, it will validate the team's decision to keep him on the 53-man roster rather than placing him on the physically unable to perform list. If not, the Patriots will have wasted a roster spot because Gronkowski would have been eligible to return after missing six games if he had been placed on the PUP list.
This isn't the first time this argument has been made. It's been made on Pro Football Talk more than once, most recently by Darin Gantt on Saturday:
While getting Amendola would help, the Patriots are rapidly approaching the reality that they’ve wasted a roster spot on Gronkowski the last five weeks. Had he stayed on reserve/PU...

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