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Rob Gronkowski gives most definitive answer yet about possible NFL return

Rob Gronkowski gives most definitive answer yet about possible NFL return

Rob Gronkowski wants to set the record straight, it seems.

The former New England Patriots tight end has alternately insisted he's not coming out of retirement and hinted he may come back at some point down the road.

But during Gronkowski's appearance Tuesday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," a caller asked him point-blank to give a "yes" or "no" answer about returning to the Patriots. And he chose the latter.

"I'll give an answer," Gronkowski said. "When I retired, I retired for a reason: because I needed to step away. So it would be a no. There it is."

So, how to explain him leaving the door open for an NFL comeback and dropping occasional bread crumbs?

"I never say no, because I've said no, and everyone's like, 'Yeah, he's kidding. He's coming back,' " Gronkowski said. "But it's a no. In my mind, that's how it is. It's a no."

The 30-year-old (ex) tight end, who made his FOX broadcast debut last week and also is a spokesman for a line of CBD-based medical products, claimed he doesn't miss playing football, even when his former team is playing.

"No, man. I'm very satisfied where I'm at," he said. "I say it all the time: I would have never left the game if I was going to be itching every single day. I've said that before, many times.

"I had those thoughts, too. 'Would I be missing it?' And I just knew that it needed to be done. I'm very satisfied where I'm at."

Gronkowski is entitled to change his mind, and if he loses interest in his business ventures or re-develops that "itch," maybe he'll return to the field one day.

But as of October 15, 2019, Rob Gronkowski has no intentions of coming out of retirement.

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.