Premiere Tight End has Hamstring Injury
According to the league’s own twitter feed, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wasn’t of the the team’s chartered flight to Arizona and isn’t expected to play in Week 1.
— NFL (@NFL) September 9, 2016
Gronkowski missed the entire preseason with a hamstring injury which is obviously severe enough that it has lingered into the regular season. The Patriots, already without starting QB Tom Brady and dealing with a banged up receiving corps, will have a hard time winning in Arizona without their star tight end.
The troubling news is that the injury has taken so long to heal. Hamstring injuries are notoriously difficult to recover from, slow to heal and easy to re-injure. Obviously, the short-handed Patriots feel the best course of action is to let Gronkowski take another week off to heal.
As I wrote in my Bold Predictions for Week 1, I don’t have a lot of interest in RB LeGarrette Blount this week. He may see a couple more carries than I was originally thinking, but I’ll still recommend sitting the slumbering runner.
TE Martellus Bennett becomes an attractive play in this game. The Black Unicorn is now firmly on the TE1 radar for the season opener.
WR Julian Edelman may also benefit with a handful more targets and WR Chris Hogan could act as the primary deep threat. RB James White is due for another 3-4 looks as well and will get a boost in our Week 1 projections update.
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