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Pats, Rob Gronkowski disagree on progress
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 12:35pm
The Patriots believe Gronkowski is healthy enough to make his season debut after an offseason that included back surgery and a series of arm procedures. However, Gronkowski and his camp are wary about returning too soon, particularly after last season when he broke his forearm and then re-injured it when he returned for the playoffs.
New reports from Pro Football Talk say Gronkowski and the Pats are, in fact, on the same page about his return. But, this story points point that it's not the first time the two sides have disagreed, and the Pats felt he could have been ready by Week 2. Gronk is too big of a risk to play this week unless you have a backup plan. As we pointed out earlier this week, Dolphins TE Charles Clay is a pretty solid backup option who plays Monday night. You could start Gronkowski and then potentially replace him with Clay when we find out Gronk's status.
Week 4 outlook 'not optimistic' for Rob Gronkowski
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 11:35pm
This week, Gronk has participated in practice on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday. His status for Sunday is still to be determined. Per a league source, however, the outlook currently is not optimistic.
Gronkowski is listed as having both arm and back injuries. It had been believed that the back surgery he underwent in June was the primary impediment, but some have reported that the twice-broken and then infected forearm is the bigger problem.
The Patriots play on Sunday night so owners should have a Plan B ready to go in case Gronk can't play. Charles Clay plays on Monday night and is probably the best readily available option that could fill in for Gronk owners who want to wait and see if he plays. Otherwise, we're recommending Gronk owners go with whatever options they have available on their respective rosters.
Venon Davis on W3 availability: 'We shall see.'
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 6:21pm
Vernon Davis, who suffered a left hamstring strain late in Sunday's loss to Seattle, was the only 49er who did not practice Friday. He is listed as questionable on the team's injury report.
The 49ers tight end said he was able to run on a side field while the rest of the team practiced Friday. "I'm feeling pretty good, sore, bruised up, but that comes with the business, comes with the game," he said. " Definitely my focus is on this game. .. We shall see when Sunday comes."
Our guess is that Davis will play on Sunday, but there are no guarantees, so have a Plan B ready to go. Coby Fleener, Charles Clay, Heath Miller, Kellen Winslow and Scott Chandler all play at the same time or later this week. Fellow 49er (and rookie) Vance McDonald would be another option if Davis can't play.
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 1:38pm
On Friday, HC Joe Philbin left open the possibility of giving more work to TE Dion Sims, who had 15 snaps.
Philbin said Sims “had a very good week of practice – better” than last week and “hopefully can contribute Sunday.” Michael Egnew had 21 snaps last week. Philbin wants his tight ends to improve their run-blocking.
Dustin Keller out for the season
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 9:03am
The good news for Keller is the source said the injury is not believed to be career-threatening and that he could be back to work next spring. Keller will undergo an MRI on Sunday to confirm all of these initial fears.
This is obviously a big loss for the 'Fins and QB Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins will ask Charles Clay, Michael Egnew and rookie Dion Sims to step up. What's even sadder for Keller is he turned down a four-year deal, instead signing a one-year contract in hopes of a bigger pay day after 2013. There was serious concern that it was a potential career-threatening injury, but that no longer looks to be the case.
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 11:21pm
Michael Egnew was supposed to be the Dolphins’ future at tight end when he was drafted in the third round last year. But he didn’t catch a pass in 2012, was criticized by coaches on Hard Knocks last year and seemed like a candidate to be cut this offseason. The Dolphins have a new rookie tight end they really like in Dion Sims, along with Dustin Keller and h-back Charles Clay.
But on the final day of training camp today, when asked which players have really stood out to him, Coach Joe Philbin went to Egnew first.
“Mike Egnew really improved an awful lot,” Philbin said. “He’s a guy we’re excited about.”
Sunday, July 14, 2013, 1:54pm
Tight end/H-back Charles Clay will factor in, unless he continues his penchant for drops.
Michael Egnew has improved, but his blocking remains questionable and he faded late in the offseason program.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 9:03am
Clay, who is half fullback and half tight end, will be placed on injured reserve for the final two games, opening up a roster spot for the Dolphins.