Since the fantasy community has waited long enough for this specific update, let's get straight into it. "Rob Gronkowski has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game," agent Drew Rosenhaus said in a text to multiple media outlets, according to ESPN Boston. Patriots coach Bill Belicheck did not update the tight end's status during his Friday press conference. New England plays the Jets at 1p.m. on Sunday.
Gronkowski missed the first six weeks of the season while recovering from multiple forearm surgeries and a back procedure. Reports of tension within the organization have existed because of belief that the Pro Bower could have returned before now. That aside, fantasy owners should simply be happy they are getting their back. Gronkowski has participated in recent practices, but only a limited basis, meaning he could return to the field initially in only a limited role. Monitor FFToolbox for updates heading into the Patriots matchup against the Jets, who allow the 14th most points to fantasy tight ends this season. Those that also own Vernon Davis, Julius Thomas, Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, probably Antonio Gates (vs. Jax) and arguably Jordan Cameron can stay with their usual option this week. Everyone else should get Gronk in the lineup barring reports of a truly restrictive snap count. You've waited long enough.