As expected, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will not play on Saturday. Everything is still on course, though optimistic, but not certain about Week 1.
We've been playing this game long enough to know that Gronkowski plays in games that count and that's about it. Practicing is something that he is foreign to, so why would he play in preseason games? We all know he's a top option at tight end, but we also know the huge risk associated with Gronkowski. Remember that before you spend an early round pick on him.ANALYST: David Kerr
In today's episode of As the Gronk Turns, our hero is set to miss yet another preseason game and is likely doubtful to play in the fourth one as well. He remains hopeful about following through on his "I'll play in all 16 games" promise, but little did he know that our villain, The Injury Bug, has other plans in store for our hero. Tune in tomorrow for more false hope and lies from the House of Belichick.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Byron Buxton (thumb) will take batting practice on the field Thursday.
If all goes well on Thursday with batting practice, he'll move onto play in simulated games at the Twins' spring training complex. There is no word on how many games he will need but hopefully it won't be long after that before he starts a minor league rehab assignment. There has been a lot of speculation that he could be out until late August but we will just have to see how his thumb reacts to the work. Analysis: Drew Phelps
Chris Conley has a knee sprain. He's day-to-day.
The rookie wide receiver out of Georgia was forced to leave camp on Wednesday with a strained knee. One would expect him to rest and recover for upwards of a week but there is a starting spot on the line. Conley may want to push himself back on the field sooner rather than later. He has 4.35 speed and looks to take the role left by Donnie Avery. Analysis: Drew Phelps