Rob Gronkowski is expected to make his return sooner rather than later.
The Patriots tight end, who has missed three of the past four games with a nagging back injury, is expected to play against the Jets on Nov. 25 after the team’s bye.
After missing three of the past four games with a lingering back injury, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to be able to play in New England’s next game after Sunday’s bye against the New York Jets, per sources. More on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2018
The four-time All-Pro selection has dealt with back and ankle injuries through much of the season, but wasn’t ruled out until the team’s Week 7 matchup against the Bears. He played the following week against the Bills, but was ruled out for the team’s last two matchups against the Packers and the Titans.
Gronkowski has 26 catches for 405 yards and a touchdown through six games this season.
The Patriots (7-3) will travel to New York next to face the Jets (3-7) after their bye. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. ET.