New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially listed as questionable for the team’s Week 2 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Gronkowski is dealing with a hamstring injury that made him a surprise inactive for the team’s opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
Gronkowski was limited in practice prior to the season opener, but the Patriots insisted it was likely that he would play. But the All-Pro tight end did not end up traveling with the team and was inactive. This week, Gronkowski has been listed as a limited participant in practice all week.
The Patriots are possibly the reason for the NFL eliminating the “probable” designation because they never used it to begin with, choosing instead to choose the much more unclear “questionable” designation. Now that’s all teams have other than “doubtful” and “out” and it’s unlikely Bill Belichick is interested in tipping his hand at all, so he’ll stick with questionable.
Reading between the lines, it’s difficult to tell whether or not Gronkowski will play against the Dolphins. Various Patriots beat writers seem to think it unlikely that Gronkowski plays and given New England’s improbable win without Gronkowski and Tom Brady in Week 1, they’re not short on confidence in their ability to win going forward. Given his injury history, it seems likely the Patriots would want to take things slow with their star tight end.