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Gronk Expected to Remain Seated

November 11, 2018 GMT

FOXBORO -- The Patriots appear to be taking the long view with Rob Gronkowski.

Poised for another deep playoff run, the Pats know their chances in January are best when their game-changing tight end is at full strength. Or at least close to it.

Listed as questionable with back and ankle injuries, Gronkowski would not commit to playing tomorrow in Tennessee, calling it a “coach’s decision.”

However, a source indicated that Gronkowski is not expected to suit up against the Titans. The Pats seem to be hoping that some rest in November will allow Gronkowski to recapture his top form down the stretch.

And speaking at his locker Friday, Gronkowski made it clear that he badly wants to return to his usual dominance.

Perhaps some time off will help.

“It’s been more challenging, just with the obstacles in the way,” Gronkowski said of his 2018 season. “But it’s life. You’ve got to take them on, and that’s what I’m doing. Just got to get back to where I need to be and just be myself when I get back. It’ll all be good.”

With Gronkowski unlikely to play in Week 10 and the team on a Week 11 bye, he’ll have 27 days off before potentially returning to action in Week 12 at the Jets. Gronkowski did not play in Week 7 at the Bears or Week 9 versus the Packers.

“Just working hard right now,” he said. “That’s the track I’m looking at. I just see positivity. I see it going strong in the future.”

Gronkowski hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1. He’s been targeted only twice in the red zone all year. He ranks fourth among NFL tight ends in receiving yards per game.