Rob Gronkowski to miss Buccaneers' Sunday night matchup vs. Patriots with a rib injury, per report

Tom Brady will make his victorious go back to Foxborough, however his future Hall of Fame tight will not. Rob Gronkowski, who was noted as uncertain for Sunday night’s video game with a rib injury, did not not make the journey to New England and will not play, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. 

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 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. 


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 lawns 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 travels through 3 video games. Running backs Giovani Bernard (13 receptions) and Leonard Fournette (12 receptions) have actually likewise been a crucial 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. The Patriots’ defense has actually resisted the run, nevertheless, as it is presently 24th in the league in hurrying lawns enabled.

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