A source close to the Patriots says that TE Rob Gronkowski 's chances of playing in Week 1 of the regular season are currently at 50 percent, according to ProFootballTalk. Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered on December 8 of last year. The tight end has been taking part in individual drills at Patriots camp, and recently was cleared to participate in 7-on-7 work, but is a "far from a sure thing" to be in the field to start the season.
Given the sluggish pace of Gronkowski's recovery, this news isn't surprising. It's important to note that Gronkowski avoided the PUP list designation, which would have kept him out for the first six weeks of the 2014 season. That means the Patriots expect him back within that time frame. But the fact that he's a coin-flip for the first game of the season does not speak well to his field-readiness. Fantasy owners have not discounted Gronkowski's draft stock to reflect his injury situation. He's going second among all TEs, as a third-round pick in most drafts. Owners would do well to factor in Gronkowski's current slow recovery and overall injury history to their valuations.