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Bucs’ Rob Gronkowski officially ruled out for matchup with Patriots

The Bucs are heading into Week 4 action against the New England Patriots, with many storylines surrounding the contest.

Tom Brady is hoping his first return as an opposing player will result in a win at Gillette Stadium. However, that task may become a bit more difficult with star tight end Rob Gronkowski ruled out due to rib injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.


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Gronkowski suffered a rib injury in the Week 3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He’s moved through the last few days cautiously without much involvement in practice.

The veteran tight end has hauled in 16 catches for 184 receiving yards and four touchdowns so far this season. He’s become one of Brady’s favorite targets once again and has been a force to be reckoned with on a weekly basis as a constant red-zone threat.

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He spent his first nine seasons with the Patriots alongside Brady, where he helped the team win three Super Bowls. Losing Gronkowski for this matchup against the Patriots on the road is a costly blow for the Bucs.

However, few teams in the NFL have as many offensive weapons as Brady does in his arsenal in Tampa Bay, which means he can easily turn to another source like Antonio Brown, Mike Evans or Chris Godwin to help pick up the slack in the passing game.

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