Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski ruled out vs. Buccaneers

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a thigh injury, the team announced.

The Patriots’ star tight end was a late addition to the team’s injury report Wednesday and had been listed as questionable for the game.

He had not been listed on the injury report Monday or Tuesday.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, with a wrap/sleeve around his left thigh, arrives at Raymond James Stadium. Per Adam Schefter, Gronkowski is not expected to play tonight.

Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer

Gronkowski also didn’t appear to be ailing when he met with reporters late Tuesday afternoon. He played all 70 offensive snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Late Tuesday, Gronkowski didn’t indicate his availability would be in question when he talked about the quick turnaround for a Thursday night game.

“It’s definitely a challenge. It’s tough to already play a game Sunday and then be ready again for the following Sunday,” he said. “As

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