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Reports: Rob Gronkowski will be OK to play this week

10.08.13 at 12:46 pm ET

Multiple outlets are now reporting that Rob Gronkowski should be cleared to play this week, and will be good to go when the Patriots meet the Saints at Gillette Stadium.

ESPN and Pro Football Talk are reporting that Gronkowski should be OK to play this week. The tight end, who went through multiple surgeries on his forearm and back over the course of the offseason, has not seen game action over the first five contests of the season. His return is also expected to give a kickstart to the offense, which has been sluggish to this point in the year — the Patriots are coming off a six-point performance in a defeat to the Bengals in Cincinnati, the lowest offensive output of the Tom Brady era.

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