Hard to say this wasn't expected at this point. After much speculation that star Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski would finally return to the field on Sunday against the Saints, it's now appearing unlikely, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
Just filed to ESPN: Despite Rob Gronkowski having another week of full practice participation, @Patriots no longer expect TE play vs Saints
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 11, 2013
This confirms earlier reports from Adam Schefter and Mike Florio that it was looking unlikely that he would play. Gronk underwent several arm surgeries as well as back surgery in the off-season. It's believed that it is the arm that is causing the delay.
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