For the first time all week, tight end Rob Gronkowski was listed on the injury report. According to the report, Gronkowski is questionable for Sunday's game in Buffalo with a hip injury.
Gronkowski was held to limited participation during Friday's practice.
This could be potentially bad news for the Pats if Gronkowski can't go this week.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Rob Goldberg
The New England Patriots official Twitter account sent a picture of the list of inactives this week. The good news is that Rob Gronkowski is not on it.
With Aaron Hernandez still injured, the Pro Bowl tight end is more important than ever as the team attempts to avoid a three-game losing streak.
Fantasy owners should feel confident that Gronkowski will bounce back after his two-catch, 21-yard performance last week against the Baltimore Ravens.
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UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6:50 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Tight end Rob Gronkowski's status as questionable on injury reports is misleading, and he will likely be on the field this Sunday.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the following via Twitter.
Despite being listed as questionable with a hip injury, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to play Sunday vs. Buffalo.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 29, 2012
Fantasy owners can feel confident about keeping Gronkowski in their lineups this week.
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Tom Brady has already lost his other star tight end, Aaron Hernandez, to a high ankle sprain and will be without the 22-year-old for a month, maybe more.
To replace Hernandez, the Pats signed troubled tight end Kellen Winslow, who only contributed a single catch for 12 yards last week. But now that the Pats released Winslow, they don't even have him to fall back on.
The Pats don't have much to replace Gronkowski with at his position. The only other tight end on the depth chart at the moment is Michael Hoomanawanui, but there's no telling what he could contribute in Gronk's absence, if at all.
That could leave the Pats once again scouring the market for yet another replacement.
Fantasy owners will be pretty upset if Gronkowski can't play this Sunday. Although Gronk hasn't put up monster numbers so far this season, he still has caught 14 passes for 156 yards and two scores.
And granted, he wasn't anywhere to be found last week against the Baltimore Ravens (two catches for 21 yards), Gronk figured to have a huge week against the Bills in Week 4.
Buffalo's pass defense is ranked 19th in the NFL and the Pats' tight end had a very realistic chance to have a huge game as a result. But now, even if he does play, Gronk might not take the field at 100 percent and that could mean diminished numbers for him.
Still, the tight end position in fantasy leagues is normally a tough one to fill, so fantasy owners are best served keeping an eye on that injury report until game time to see if Gronkowski will play on Sunday.