What the Patriots do with TE Rob Gronkowski also could impact quarterback Tim Tebow, who is on the roster bubble in New England. Should New England place Gronkowski on the PUP list, it would give the Patriots additional roster flexibility that could mean carrying a third quarterback.
But if Gronkowski is not placed on PUP and stays on the roster, that will be one fewer spot available on the Patriots' roster.
Tebow hasn't been impressive for the Pats in the preseason and with a much more capable Ryan Mallett as the QB2, Tebow would only make the team as the third quarterback. With new reports saying Gronk could be back by Week 3, it seems Tebow's roster spot could be in jeopardy.