October 1 (WNN) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said on Friday that Sunday night’s performance against the New England Patriots will have a game-time decision from star tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski, who suffered a rib injury this week, was listed as a suspect in the Buccaneers’ final injury report.
Arian also said that outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (arm, shoulder) would make a game-time decision to play against the Patriots on Sunday. He was listed as a suspect in the team’s injury report.
Gronkowski was seen in practice on Friday, but did not participate for the third day in a row. Meanwhile, Pierre-Paul practiced for the first time since 15 September.
Gronkowski, 32, has been one of the Buccaneers’ top weapons in the red zone this season. He has taken 16 catches for 184 yards and four touchdowns through three matches in the 2021 NFL campaign.
Pierre-Paul has served as one of the Bucs’ emotional leaders on defence. He has made a total of nine tackles and a pass breakup in two matches this season.
The Buccaneers listed the legendary player Giovanni Bernard (knee) and starting cornerback Jamel Dean (knee) as outs for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Richard Sherman, who signed with the franchise earlier this week, will be active.
“We’ll pick him up just in case,” Arian said of Sherman, who mentioned earlier that he would need about a week to become familiar with Buccaneer’s defensive system.