Patriots TE Gronkowski Won't Play Sunday vs Jacksonville

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December 22, 2012 at 10:30am ET

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Patriots fans will have to wait at least another week before Rob Gronkowski returns to action. (FILE:USPresswire)

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may have returned to practice recently, but it appears Bill Belichick is being careful before bringing him back into game action.

According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, Gronkowski will sit out Sunday's match-up down in Jacksonville against the Jaguars as he continues recovering from the broken forearm he suffered last month in their win over Indianapolis.

Gronkowski returned to practice on December 14th but has been limited since coming back, which is certainly the best move considering New England's best postseason hopes will rely on making sure he's completely healthy.

She also points out that Gronkowski told the media he would speak next week, which is an indication that we may see him on the field next Sunday in their regular season finale at home against Miami.

Before his injury Gronkowski had made 53 catches for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns, and also accounts for 43 of the team's 226 passing first downs (good for 3rd on the team). He also has 10 receptions for 73 yards inside the red zone, with 8 of his 10 touchdowns coming down in scoring territory.