Morning sports update: Rob Gronkowski faces a looming deadline if he wants to make a 2019 comeback

"First of all, time is running out for Gronk to make a decision."

Rob Gronkowski prior to Super Bowl LIII.
Rob Gronkowski prior to Super Bowl LIII. –matt rourke/AP file

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The Jets beat the Giants 34-27, while the Browns ended the team’s four-game losing streak by defeating the Bills, 19-16.


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The latest on the Rob Gronkowski comeback rumors: Over the weekend, it was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants retired tight end Rob Gronkowski back with the team for the stretch run and playoffs.

On Monday morning, Rapoport added an update, noting the deadline Gronkowski has if he wants to make a comeback in the 2019 season.

“First of all, time is running out for Gronk to make a decision,” Rapoport explained. He needs to let the league know, let the Patriots know before Week 13 ends, specifically Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. That’s the day before the Patriots’ Week 13 game. If he does not come off the reserve/retired list at that point, then he cannot for the rest of the season, something we learned last year when we were wondering if Jason Witten would come back.

“I am also told by someone who has spoken to Rob Gronkowski recently he has made no moves toward that,” Rapoport added. “In other words, at this point, he is still very much retired.”


And while Gronkowski remains firmly retired, Kraft’s parting message to the tight end still keeps the comeback possibility alive.

“He wants Gronk back for November, December, and the playoffs,” Rapoport said of Kraft.

“It remains to be seen whether Gronk will do that or not,” Rapoport concluded.

Trivia: In 2007, the Patriots played the Eagles in what was one of the few close games New England encountered during the regular season. The Eagles’ quarterback that day threw three touchdown passes as Philadelphia lost by an unexpectedly small margin, 31-28. Who was the Eagles quarterback in that game?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He also led the 2-11 Dolphins to a 29-28 upset of the 12-1 Patriots in Dec. 2004.

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