Rob Gronkowski of the Buccaneers is labeled as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

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Rob Gronkowski of the Buccaneers is labeled as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

Coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Friday that star tight end Rob Gronkowski will be a game-time decision in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski was rated as questionable on the Buccaneers’ latest injury report after suffering a rib ailment this week.

Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (hand, shoulder) will be a game-time decision against the Patriots on Sunday, according to Arians. On the team’s injury report, he was listed as questionable.

Gronkowski showed up for practice on Friday, but he didn’t participate for the third day in a row. Meanwhile, Pierre-Paul practiced for the first time since September 15.

Gronkowski, 32, has been one of the Buccaneers’ most potent red-zone weapons this season. Through three games in the 2021 NFL season, he has 16 catches for 184 yards and four touchdowns.

On defense, Pierre-Paul has been one of the Bucs’ emotional leaders. In two games this season, he has nine total tackles and a pass breakup.

Veteran running back Giovani Bernard (knee) and starting cornerback Jamel Dean (knee) are also out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots, according to the Buccaneers. Richard Sherman, who joined the team earlier this week, will be on the field.

“We’ll have him up just in case,” Arians said of Sherman, who had previously stated that he would need a week to become comfortable with the Buccaneers’ defensive scheme.

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