Tight End's Return Could Be Bad News For Gang Green

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bad news, Jets fans: Gronk is apparently a go.

The New England Patriots could have tight end Rob Gronkowski on the field Sunday afternoon when they take on AFC East-rival New York at MetLife Stadium.

“Rob (Gronkowski) has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game,” his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told multiple media members via text message Friday.

The big Tom Brady target hasn’t played this season, missing 11 of his last 12 regular-season games due a series of injuries. Rosenhaus insisted to 560 WQAM-AM in Miami on Thursday that Gronk and the Patriots were on the same page.

“I don’t understand why this story has gotten so much traction,” Rosenhaus said. “There are dozens of players around the NFL who aren’t playing because they are injured and coming back from surgery. And in Rob’s case, this is really straightforward. Up to this point, he hasn’t been cleared to play in a game. He has not been cleared by Dr. (James) Andrews, who is the supervising doctor.”

Gronkowski has had four surgeries on his left forearm since November. He also underwent a procedure on his back during the offseason.

The status of Gronkowski has been high drama in New England. But Jets coach Rex Ryan said his team was preparing as if Gronk would be around for their Week 7 rematch with the Patriots.

“That’s the way you go in, assuming he’s going to play,” Ryan said. “You certainly have to be ready for him specifically.”

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