WE"LL DO IT LIVE.
Welcome back, gang. It feels like only a week ago we were all in Miami, watching one of the drunkest Bears games we've seen in a while. No rest for the weary, though, and the Bears are back in Chicago and oh god they're playing Tom Brady and the Patriots. Khalil Mack WILL play, though, and Rob Gronkowski will NOT. One step at a time.
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It's official: Gronk won't be playing this afternoon.
After the all-world tight end's status was up in the air through most of the weekend, Gronkowski has officially been ruled out for today's matchup:
Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski, who is not expected to play Sunday vs. Bears, is expected back next week at Buffalo on Monday Night Football, per source. The Patriots are playing it safe by resting him Sunday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2018
Patriots confirm that Rob Gronkowski won’t be traveling to Chicago and is out today. @AdamSchefter reports that the expectation is that Gronkowski is back for next week against the Bills.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 21, 2018
Spoke to a #Patriots team source about Rob Gronkowski not making the trip to Chicago. Wouldn’t reveal nature on injury (Gronk was on injury report with both ankle and back) but did say “he’s a tough kid. All I’ll say is this year hasn’t been easy for him physically.”— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) October 20, 2018
It's obviously a lucky break for the Bears defense, who still have to deal with the likes of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and a group of great pass-catching running backs.