Patriots disable Gronkowski, six others to start camp

The Patriots will have to decide how quickly they want to see Rob Gronkowski back in uniform.
The Patriots will have to decide how quickly they want to see Rob Gronkowski back in uniform.

The Patriots have several players who won’t be ready for their first practice of training camp on Friday. They are:

 Tight end Rob Gronkowski, physically unable to perform;

 Wide receiver Julian Edelman, physically unable to perform;


 Wide receiver Mark Harrison, non-football injury;

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 Defensive end Armond Armstead, non-football illness;

 Center Matt Stankiewitch, non-football injury;

 Guard Nick McDonald, physically unable to perform;

 Defensive back Kanorris Davis, non-football injury.


Tight end Jake Ballard, who was on the PUP list, was taken off, his agent tweeted Tuesday.

By being placed on the PUP or non-football injury/illness lists, the players cannot practice with their teammates but can work out with the team’s trainers.

They can be removed from the lists at any time during training camp.

Seeing Gronkowski and Edelman on the PUP list isn’t a surprise. Gronkowski is five weeks removed from back surgery to repair a herniated disk, which generally takes 12 or more weeks to rehab. The bigger decision will come before Week 1, when the team must decide whether to keep Gronkowski on the PUP list. If they do, it will keep him out for the first six games of the regular season.

Edelman, who will need to take a bigger role in the offense this season, is coming back from a broken foot suffered in December. The Patriots are likely just being cautious by placing him on the PUP list.


Ballard is still struggling to come back from a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl in February 2012. Even after missing the entire 2012 season, Ballard still is hobbled by the knee injury and looked a bit stiff during the team’s offseason workouts. Many people assume Ballard will help replace Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, but he must prove that he still has good mobility and that his knee can hold up.

Harrison, an undrafted free agent from Rutgers, is recovering from a broken foot suffered this spring.

The Patriots also worked out receiver Laurent Robinson, but did not sign him. Robinson, who has played for four teams since being a third-round draft pick in 2007, will work out for the Lions on Wednesday. Robinson, 28, was cut by the Jaguars last season, having only played seven games because of multiple concussions.

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