Rob Gronkowski misses New England Patriots practice

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League editor
  • Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 at 02:24 p.m.

We've got bad news for New England Patriots fans and Rob Gronkowski fantasy football owners alike. Gronk was the only New England Patriot not seen at the initial portion of practice Thursday, according to the Boston Herald.

One report suggested Gronkowski would try to return to practice this week, and it's possible that will still happen. New England could wait for the media to leave to let him work or he could get practice time later in the week, but the reality is that we probably won't see the Gronk Spike for a few more week's.'s Albert Breer reporter earlier this week that the plan all along has been to get Gronkowski some playing time before the playoffs, but that he was a long shot for this week. His absence from practice Thursday makes those odds even longer.