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Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski not expected to play vs. Titans

The New England Patriots have been without their star tight end Rob Gronkowski for the past three games, and it looks like he’ll miss another. This Sunday, New England will take on the Tennessee Titans, who just beat the Dallas Cowboys in Texas. Tennessee has one of the NFL’s best defenses this year, so the Patriots hoped to have one of their most dynamic weapons at their disposal. Gronk is dealing with some ankle and back pain, so the team feels rest is the best thing for him right now, even though he could definitely play.

“It’s been more challenging, just with the obstacles in the way,” Gronkowski told the Boston Herald. “But it’s life. You’ve got to take them on, and that’s what I’m doing. Just got to get back to where I need to be and just be myself when I get back. It’ll all be good.”

The Patriots are on a six-game winning streak, and their finding ways to win without Rob Gronkowski. Josh Gordon is continuing to grow comfortable in New England, James White is putting up monster receiving numbers out of the backfield and Cordarrelle Patterson is lining up as a traditional running back. They have unlimited options on offense.

Gronkowski could get a whole 27 days of rest if he waits to make a return against the New York Jets in week 12. He’ll be fresh as the team closes out the season, and they will be able to see what they look like at their best.