Schefter: 'Still optimism' that Rob Gronkowski will play Week 1

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still not cleared for contact. Would be surprising to see him play this preseason. Still optimism for opener.

Fantasy Impact: 

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is still a concern heading into the 2014 season. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). He will be eight months into his recovery when Week 1 rolls around. Given the news that he avoided preseason PUP, Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, and his return would be a big boost to Tom Brady and the entire New England offense. Another report pegged Gronk's chances of playing Week 1 at 50/50. When we add in replacement level value from a backup TE, Gronkowski holds 2nd round value in fantasy drafts.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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