NFL: Bucs won't rush Gronk after injury setback

13 November 2021 21:37:20 GMTPlus11
Rob Gronkowski is still sidelined for the Buccaneers

Bruce Arians says tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Antonio Brown will not feature for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they return from their bye week to face Washington Football Team on Sunday.

The Bucs are 20/21 to win with a -9.5 handicap in the Point Spread, while Washington can be backed at 15/4 to win in the Money Line. You can watch this NFL game and many more on our Sports Live Streaming.

Gronkowski enduring injury issues

Gronkowski played all 16 games for the Super Bowl champions after returning to the NFL last year - the first time he played a full regular season in nearly a decade - but has been unable to avoid the injury curse in 2021.

Having previously missed five games because of a rib injury he sustained against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3, the former New England Patriots star exited the Bucs' 36-27 defeat to New Orleans Saints with a back injury a fortnight ago.

Gronk is gonna get better, and (we're) just gonna make sure he's good when he comes back.

Bruce Arians

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Arians freely admitted Tampa had probably rushed Gronkowski, who has a history of back injuries, back too soon and it is no surprise to hear a more cautious approach is being adopted by the team now.

"We think in about two or three weeks, he'll be back to normal," Bucs head coach Arians told NFL Media's Tom Pelissero, which suggests the veteran tight end could miss the Week 11 encounter with the New York Giants too.

"Gronk is gonna get better, and (we're) just gonna make sure he's good when he comes back. We think that next week is a better time frame for him (returning). We kinda pushed it with the New Orleans thing. I want him ready to go the whole distance when we're ready to go."

Mixed injury news for Arians

Brown is still out with his ankle injury, but Arians also said that his "fingers are crossed" for leading receiver Chris Godwin, who suffered a foot injury against the Saints, to face Washington.

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