Patriots will carry TE Rob Gronkowski on their 53-man roster and not place him on PUP, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2013
It's not necessarily surprising at this point. Gronk is young and also a physical beast. Aside from that, this also aligns with the original timetable for his recovery. Based on his having the surgery in mid-June, Gronk was supposed to be recovered by next week. The Patriots likely will not put Gronk back on the field until Week 4 at the earliest however.
Rob Gronkowski is perhaps the biggest asset left among Patriots pass catchers, the team needs to ensure that he is as healthy as possible. Especially considering they are now leaning on just Zach Sudfeld (another injury risk) and Hoo-Man as their lone tight ends.
Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells were released yesterday.
On the defensive side of the ball, Marcus Forston was surprisingly released. The former undrafted free-agent defensive tackle was thought to have a spot on the roster seeing as how he was impressive in camp, and the position is so thin. The Patriots apparently didn't agree. After being a surprise inclusion in last year's final roster, Forston is a surprise cut this year.
Source confirms that the #Patriots released DT Marcus Forston. Kinda surprising
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 31, 2013