FOXBOROUGH -- Tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play in Sunday’s game in Jacksonville, according to a league source.
Gronkowski, who suffered a broken left forearm in the Patriots’ win over the Colts last month and underwent surgery a day later, returned to practice on a limited basis last Friday. He has also taken part in practices this week, again on a limited basis.
Given that the Patriots have already clinched a playoff spot and may not need Gronkowski against the 2-12 the Jaguars, it is not much of a surprise that he will not play this week. New England will need its All-Pro as close to 100 percent as possible when January comes.
All Patriots were present at Friday’s practice, which was held inside the bubble as a steady rain continues to fall outside.
Linebacker Mike Rivera, who had missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday after injuring his left ankle in Sunday’s game against the 49ers, was back on the field.