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Buccaneers list Rob Gronkowski as doubtful for Sunday night

Rodney Harrison joins the Dan Patrick Show to preview Sunday night's blockbuster matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots and explains how the Patriots defense can slow down Tom Brady.

Tom Brady will return to Gillette Stadium on Sunday night. Rob Gronkowski may not.

The Buccaneers have listed Gronkowski as doubtful for the game against the Patriots, due to a rib injury he suffered five days ago against the Rams. Gronkowski officially did not practice all week, even though he was spotted on the practice field today.

Technically, doubtful means that the player falls somewhere between the broad gulf of just under 50-50 to zero percent likely to play. It doesn’t get used as often as it could, if the goal is to create doubt in the mind of an opponent.

The next question becomes whether he travels to New England. Often, a player on a visiting team stays behind, with his status downgraded to out the day before the game.

Also out for the Bucs is running back Gio Bernard (knee) and cornerback Jamel Dean (knee). Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable with a shoulder injury.