Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
- On Sunday morning, Adam Schefter tweeted that the Patriots had concerns over whether Rob Gronkowski (back) would be able to play tonight vs. the Packers (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC.)
- In the 90 minutes following the initial news, the Patriots fell from -6 to -5.
- Gronkowski, along with running back Sony Michel, were officially declared out this evening, causing the line to fall to NE -4.5.
This evening, Aaron Rodgers will go up against Tom Brady for just the second time in their careers when Green Bay heads to Foxboro. However, Brady will be without one of his favorite weapons.
On Sunday morning, Adam Schefter revealed that the Patriots weren’t quite sure whether or not Rob Gronkowski would be good to go.
Apparently that pregame test did not go well, as Gronkowski was officially declared inactive this evening.
Before the initial news this morning, the Patriots were listed at -6. About a half-hour after, they moved to -5.5 and and another hour after that, fell even farther to -5.
At 6:53 p.m. ET, they fell to -4.5 and even dipped to -4 for about a 10 minute span before moving back to -4.5.
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Gronkowski missed the game against the Bears just two weeks ago due to his back injury, which resulted in similar line movement. The Patriots ended up winning and covering, pushing their record to 24-8 straight up and 20-11-1 against the spread in games without him.
Though not quite as notable, Sony Michel will also be out. The rookie running back missed last week’s game and the Patriots’ leading rusher ended up being Cordarrelle Patterson with 10 attempts and 38 yards.
Michel isn’t the biggest of names, yet, but without him, the Pats’ backfield depth is pretty thin.