Bucs' Rob Gronkowski ruled out Sunday night vs. Patriots; could miss more time with fractured ribs, per report

Tom Brady will make his victorious go back to Foxborough, however his future Hall of Fame tight end will not. Rob Gronkowski, who was at first noted as uncertain for Sunday night’s video game with a rib injury, has actually been reduced to out for the Buccaneers’ extremely prepared for match with the Patriots. And the news might be even worse for the Bucs as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting Gronkowski suffered 2 hairline fractures and might be out next week also.

Gronkowski did not practice throughout the week after sustaining the injury throughout Tampa Bay’s Week 3 loss to the Rams. The four-time All-Pro will certainly be missed on Sunday, as Gronkowski currently has 4 goal receptions this season. He captured 7 TD passes throughout his very first routine season with the Buccaneers prior to capturing a set of ratings in Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl win over the Chiefs. 

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O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate are slated to get more playing time in location of Gronkowski. The duo has actually captured a combined 7 of 8 targets for 75 backyards this season. An eight-year veteran, Brate has actually captured 29 profession goals that consist of 2 goal passes in 2020. A five-year veteran, Howard has 14 profession goal receptions. 

Along with Gronkowski, Brady’s preferred targets this season have actually been Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, who have actually captured a combined 35 goes through 3 video games. Running backs Giovani Bernard (13 receptions) and Leonard Fournette (12 receptions) have actually likewise been an essential part of the Buccaneers’ passing attack. 

Tampa Bay’s offense will deal with a Patriots defense that is presently ranked 5th in the NFL in scoring and 2nd in passing. However, the Patriots’ defense has actually resisted the run, and is presently 24th in the league in hurrying backyards permitted.



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