Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will probably bench Tom Brady before he gives the media any clue on the status of his injured players prior to game day. He has listed 20 players as questionable to play Sunday against the Dolphins. Some of those players -- Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez -- are at no risk of sitting out. But tight end Rob Gronkowski is probably on the outside looking in. He hasn't played since Week 11 due to his fractured forearm and although he practiced in limited fashion all week yet again, Gronkowski has yet to be cleared for game action.
That clearance could come over the course of the weekend, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of positive buzz surrounding Gronk's chances of suiting up. The Pats had wanted to get him back prior to the playoffs, but now they will most likely play it safe. Despite the fact that he has missed five and maybe six games, Gronk is still tops among tight ends in touchdowns and has the third-most fantasy points at that position. There is no doubt that he is the No. 1 TE for 2013. But as discussed on Thursday's FFToolbox podcast, I would not take Gronkowski until at least late in the second round. Host and FFToolbox writer George Bissell said Gronk would in be in his overall top 10.