Tom Brady left practice today with a left knee injury after Nate Solder rolled up on him after being rushed by Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn. The MRI on his knee was negative and Brady is considered day-to-day which means everyone who has either drafted or was thinking of drafting Brady or any other Patriots player not named Stevan Ridley can breath a collective sigh of relief. This injury is less worrisome to me than the Charles injury because a running back is going to be pushing off of his foot with every touch and while Brady still needs his legs to throw, he should be able to play through even a little knee issue far better than Charles could play through a foot issue. At this point, I would say you can safely draft Brady, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Aaron Dobson where you normally would.
So the injury train just keeps on rollin’ for Rob Gronkowski. It looks like he’ll be going under the knife again, this time for surgery on his back. The reports are vague, as always with the Patriots, but it looks like he will miss part of training camp for sure and it wouldn’t surprise me if they kept him out for all of training camp and even into the regular season. The Patriots are still easily a playoff contender without Gronk, so why rush him back (pun intended) when the time of year where they really need him is at the end? He has been a non-factor as a result of injuries in the Patriots last 2 playoff losses so why would they feel the need to have him ready for week 1 when it’s week 18 and on that they’re interested in?
As everyone should be, I’m bullish on Gronk when he’s playing, the question really is how much will he play? And if the Patriots do keep him out early, it means he should still be there for the second half of your fantasy season and into the playoffs. I wouldn’t avoid Gronkowski, but I’d definitely knock his draft day stock down a round or 2.