According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Rotoworld.com, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will begin training camp on the PUP list after undergoing his second back surgery of the offseason today.
“I think the one thing that does seem certain at this time is, he is expected to open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list,” stated Schefter. Schefter added that the Patriots anticipated Gronk needing back surgery all offseason, but the procedure was repeatedly delayed due to his four forearm procedures. Because Gronkowski will open camp on PUP, he’ll be a candidate to open the regular season on the reserve/PUP list, costing him six games.
The Patriots would be smart to not rush Gronk and keep him on the PUP list heading into the regular season. He might have to miss six weeks, but that would be the best for him.