From time to time throughout the offseason, reports have emerged that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready to go (or words to that effect) on Week One after suffering a torn ACL late in the 2013 regular season. Given his slow return from a broken arm last season, that seemed overly optimistic.
Gronkowski’s fairly slow start to camp has made it seem like much less than a sure thing.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s anticipated Week One availability sits at 50-50, with perhaps a shade above the even-money proposition.
This is the first negative-sided report about Gronk that we've heard in a while, but it makes sense given the many surgeries and complications Gronkowski has endured in the past two years, there’s no reason to be reckless with his health. From a fantasy standpoint, owners are going to have to wonder when he sees the field, much like last year. When he plays he's going to be a top-three talent at the position, but his ADP of the third round now becomes a little risky.