Gronkowski's situation has gotten even more complex. He still hasn't been cleared by Dr. James Andrews, and reports from Adam Schefter indicate that one of Gronkowski's surgeons isn't clearing him either. Dr. Jesse Jupiter is one of the top fracture experts in the country, with a specialty in non-union, which is part of Gronkowski's issue.
The Pats are in a tough position here, with their own doctor in the crosshairs and questions about their medical staff rising. Confidence is a major issue here, not just for Gronkowski but for other players, though the frustration about the lag between Gronkowski's apparent ability to practice and play is also getting some voice.
Schaub left Sunday's game to boos, which is never a good thing. His ankle and foot injury could be enough to keep him out. The trainers taped him up as if it were a high ankle sprain, but it looks like he has minor injuries to multiple structures. His response to treatment and healing will determine if he's back, though Gary Kubiak may have to go with TJ Yates, or even Case Keenum, as Kubiak shifts into job-saving mode.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that David Wilson won't need surgery for his neck issue, at least for now. The bulging disk can be controlled, though as Peyton Manning can tell him, the issues tend to linger. Wilson could be back in three to four weeks, which could be key with Brandon Jacobs wearing down and Andre Brown's impending return coming about the same time. This week, the Giants could be left with Da'Rel Scott behind Eli Manning.
Lewis looked pretty good running the Bills offense until he was forced out late with a foot sprain. The injury is mild enough that Doug Marrone thinks Lewis will be back this week. He's certainly given the team some hope while EJ Manuel is out, but note that Matt Flynn has been brought in just in case. Buffalo is definitely going to be conservative with EJ Manuel's rehab from an LCL sprain, so Lewis has some value in coming weeks if he can stay healthy.
The Cowboys get another hit as they lose Ware for the next month with a significant quad strain. This will impact him greatly and there's simply no way for a speed/power player like Ware to play through this with any effectiveness. The Cowboys medical staff will have to work hard on this one to make sure that he's ready when he does come back. This type of injury has a tendency to lead to recurrences or cascades.