FOXBOROUGH — Agent Drew Rosenhaus sent text messages to several NFL reporters Friday morning saying that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared by all of his doctors to play this Sunday against the Jets.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to confirm the report when asked about it Friday morning.
When the team’s injury report was released Friday afternoon, Gronkowski was listed as questionable, just as he was last week against the Saints.
The big tight end has yet to play this season, but on a Miami radio show Thursday morning, Rosenhaus hinted that Gronkowski might finally be ready.
“Hopefully he’ll be back soon, maybe even this weekend,” Rosenhaus had said.
But over the past month, there have been several premature reports about Gronkowski returning.
Gronkowski has undergone four surgeries on his left forearm since breaking it against the Colts last November, and he also underwent back surgery in June.
Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews was brought in as a consulting doctor recently, and Rosenhaus said this week that Gronkowski wouldn’t play until Andrews cleared him.