Shuffling pieces around their practice squad on Wednesday, the New England Patriots released Rob Gronkowski’s brother Glenn to sign 25-year-old wide receiver Shaq Evans.
The elder Gronkowski was in relative good spirits when he spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon. “I’m doing good,” he said, smiling. “It’s the nature of the business [Glenn] did a great job when he was here. I don’t make the personnel decisions here and hopefully we see him back.”
The Patriots signed 23-year-old Glenn Gronkowski to their practice squad on Oct. 1. After playing three years at Kansas State, the All-Pro tight end’s younger brother went undrafted in this year’s NFL Draft, entering the league as a rookie free agent with the Buffalo Bills in May 2. The younger Gronkowski, at 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, made Buffalo’s 53-man roster and played in the season opener at Baltimore, but did not record any statistics before the Bills released him on Sept. 12.
Rob Gronkowski had struggled to record meaningful statistics of his own this season before busting loose for 5 catches and 109 yards in Tom Brady’s season debut and the Patriots’ 33-13 thumping of the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. Gronkowski had been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury throughout the first four weeks of the season.
A few days removed from his best game of the season, Gronkowski was asked about the status of his injury recovery. “I would say this: If you’re playing in the NFL, you’re never 100 percent,” the tight end responded.
The Patriots will take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at 1 p.m.