FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Reports varying from a punctured lung to a "not overly serious" injury have put New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowksi's Week 11 status in question.
That status became more questionable when Gronkowski had to cancel an appearance Tuesday because he wasn't cleared to fly, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Gronk is the only player missing from practice.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 16, 2016
The All-Pro did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and is looking like a huge question mark to travel for Week 11's matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
This is true. Perforated lung meant flight restrictions https://t.co/BgbX39mG4C— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 16, 2016
TE Rob Gronkowski is not present for Thursday's practice, marking the second straight day he has been absent with a chest injury.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 17, 2016
He has 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns in seven games, but has been unreliable or inactive for fantasy owners for nearly half of the season. Look to find a replacement this week as his status is trending in a negative direction. It isn't hard to see the 7-2 Patriots sitting its most explosive and unique weapon against the 1-8 49ers. The Patriots have three divisional matchups ahead and can't afford to be without its superstar in the postseason.
Being told Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has a chest injury - not a punctured lung - that is considered "not overly serious."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 15, 2016