How's that for good news? A week after becoming a full participant in practice, the Patriots have removed Rob Gronkowski from the injury report entirely.
No more limitations! Gronk is back!
He certainly looked as mobile as ever agains the Bengals and while he needs to work on his drops, his roboarm is certainly a hinderance. Hopefully he can sort that out quickly and be back to 100%. Look for Gronk to be active on all the offensive snaps moving forward.
In other news, safety Nate Ebner and tackle Cameron Fleming (fingers) both missed practice, after having missed all of last week. It's possible they won't be ready in time for the Bills, with Ebner being a big loss on special teams.
Linebackers Jamie Collins (thigh) and Dont'a Hightower (knee), and defensive linemen Chandler Jones (shoulder) and Dominique Easley (shoulder/knee) make the Patriots potential pass rush all the more impotent. All four were limited in practice, but hopefully at least three of the four will be ready in time for the weekend.
Safety Devin McCourty was limited with a rib injury, while special teamer Matthew Slater was limited with a shoulder issue.
That's a lot of important players on the list, so hopefully they rest up quickly.
For the Bills, some of the key players listed as limited are running back Fred Jackson (ankle), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs), safety Aaron Williams (wrist), and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee).