While Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is inching closer to playing, a source today said it was still "unlikely" that he would be ready to go in Thursday night's game against the New York Jets. That being said, he has not been completely ruled out at this stage. He's still in the wait-and-see category, although, the chances still aren't great for him to play.
At this time last week, it was a given. The Patriots knew he wasn't going to play against the Bills. This week, there's an outside shot, albeit slim. At least, it's a slight upgrade. Gronk will have a better shot next week against Tampa Bay.
The Patriots could really use Gronkowski's presence in the offense with injuries to Shane Vereen, Danny Amendola and Zach Sudfeld. In Sunday's 23-21 win over the Bills, Tom Brady only targeted his tight ends three times in the game, connecting on one pass.