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Report: 40% chance of Rob Gronkowski 'unretirement'

Report: 40% chance of Rob Gronkowski 'unretirement'

Rob Gronkowski and Brett Favre don't have much in common...yet. 

Pro Football Talk reporter Mike Florio compared the two on Tuesday after a source close to the retired tight end told Florio there's a 40% chance of Gronkowski coming back in 2019. Florio noted that a possible appeal from Tom Brady and an itch to get back to playing football could eventually sway Gronkowski out of retirement. Florio also speculates that Gronkowski may come back for the "good stuff," the end of the season and playoffs.

"For now, Gronk isn’t thinking about football," Florio writes. "He’s enjoying his life, he doesn’t need the money, and he’s having a blast. The question becomes whether Gronkowski misses his teammates and/or the games after August becomes September. While he won’t miss dealing with training camp and the preseason, he could miss the game once they start playing games that count."

Since retiring from the NFL, Gronkowski has posted cryptic messages about coming back on social media, chatted up Drew Brees at the ESPYs about apparently coming back, and caught passes from Tom Brady at UCLA, fueling comeback speculation. 

Separately, sources have told Florio that New England head coach Bill Belichick has been supportive of Gronkowski, and has developed a softer, more "player-friendly" approach as his Super Bowl rings pile up. 

Still, until Gronkowski decides definitively one way or another, the Brett Favre-esque retire-unretire speculation will continue. 

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Jets WR Robby Anderson says Stephon Gilmore gets away with penalties

Jets WR Robby Anderson says Stephon Gilmore gets away with penalties

Robby Anderson recognized Stephon Gilmore as one of the game's top cornerbacks on Thursday, though it may have been somewhat of a backhanded compliment.

The New York Jets wide receiver, who will see plenty of Gilmore when the Jets and Pats face off on Sunday, called New England's star corner "one of the best" while adding he "holds a lot and gets away with it," per Brian Costello of The New York Post.

Ex-Jets wideout Brandon Marshall chimed in on Twitter to back up Anderson's statement:

Regardless of whether Anderson's comments about Gilmore's holding are true, he's certainly correct in stating he'll need to bring his "A-game." The Patriots opened as 22.5 point favorites over their 0-2 AFC East foe with quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Trevor Siemian both sidelined.

Third-stringer Luke Falk will get the start at QB for Sunday's contest, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Patriots injury report: Tom Brady still limited with a calf issue

Patriots injury report: Tom Brady still limited with a calf issue

Tom Brady appeared on the Patriots injury report for the first time this season on Wednesday with an apparent calf injury, and was again limited Thursday as the Patriots continue to prepare for the visiting New York Jets. 

Phil Perry noted that Brady looked good during practice despite the calf issue, so limiting him throughout the week may just be a precaution. At this point in Brady's career, preparation is not something the Patriots coaching staff has to worry about with their franchise quarterback. 

Joining Brady in the "limited" section of the injury report are Caleb Benococh (calf), Marcus Cannon (shoulder) and Matt LaCosse (ankle). The Jets meanwhile, continue to suffer from the early-season injury bug.  Here's a full look at both the Patriots and Jets' injury reports: 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Shilique Calhoun, LB Not Injury Related
James Develin, FB, Neck

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
Caleb Benenoch, OL, Calf
Tom Brady, QB, Calf
Marcus Cannon, OT, Shoulder
Matt LaCosse, TE, Ankle

NEW YORK JETS (0-2)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Sam Darnold, QB, Illness
Jordan Jenkins, LB, Calf
C.J. Mosley, LB, Groin
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Hamstring/Knee
Quinnen Williams, DL, Ankle

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
Kelvin Beachum, OL, Ankle
Trenton Cannon RB, Ankle
Josh Bellamy, WR, Shoulder
Brian Poole, CB, Groin
Steve McLendon, DL, Hip
Rontez Miles, S, Hip
Brian Winters, OL, Shoulder

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