The New England Patriots reportedly likely will be playing Sunday against the Chicago Bears without star tight end Rob Gronkowski.
McBride added that Gronkowski hasn’t been ruled out yet. The Patriots will rule out players who did not make the trip Saturday at 8 p.m. CT.
Gronkowski hit injured reserve and missed Super Bowl LI in 2016 with a back injury. He also suffered from back injuries in college. He’s had three back surgeries in his playing career.
The Patriots also have tight ends Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister on their 53-man roster. Gronkowski has 26 catches for 405 yards with one touchdown this season. He has playing time and statistical incentives built into his contract.