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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski not expected to play against Titans, but still makes trip to Tennessee

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New England’s tight end will likely be a game-time decision.

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Tomorrow, the New England Patriots will play their tenth game of the season. And while the team is slowly getting healthier and has declared just one player out so far for the contest against the Tennessee Titans, there are still some question marks: a total of six players has been listed as “questionable” to be active on Friday’s final injury report. One of those players is tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski missed two of the Patriots’ last three games due to back and ankle injuries. And while he returned to practice in a limited capacity, it appears as if he will still not be able to suit up on Sunday. According to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 29-year old will not play against the Titans: the club is apparently taking a safe approach considering Gronkowski’s injury situation heading into its week 11 bye.

That being said, there is still a chance that the NFL’s best tight end ultimately is active. After all, he has joined the rest of his teammates on the trip to Nashville (via ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss). While this does not guarantee a spot on the 46-man game day roster, it shows that Gronkowski at least is healthy enough to be a consideration to be declared active one day before the game is played. This has to be seen as a good sign for his long-term outlook.