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Report: Gronkowski Will Not Play vs. Jaguars

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss his fifth straight game this weekend, according to a report.

Citing a source, The Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young is reporting Gronkowski will not play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Gronkowski has been out since suffering a broken forearm in New England’s Week 11 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He returned to practice last Friday but did not play in Sunday night’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Gronk was back at practice this week, with limited participation on both Wednesday and Thursday. He was also on the field at the start of Friday’s practice session.

When the tight end first got injured, it was believed he would be out until at least the playoffs. But his presence at practice has led to speculation he may see some regular season action to knock off any rust that goes with missing an extended period of time.

The Patriots close out the regular season next weekend at Gillette when they host the Miami Dolphins. If there is a chance at clinching one of the top two playoff spots, there remains a chance that Gronkowski could play — if healthy enough to do so.

Gronkowski still leads the team with 10 touchdown receptions, to go with 53 catches and 748 yards.

Tune in to Sunday’s Patriots-Jaguars game at 1pm on WBZ-TV and 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pregame coverage begins on 98.5 with Patriots Preview at 10am, followed by three hours of postgame coverage after the game. WBZ-TV kicks off their coverage at 11:30am with Patriots GameDay, followed by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s postgame press conferences on Patriots 5th Quarter after the game.

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