With the AFC Championship Game set to take place on Sunday, Rob Gronkowski is due at the podium for the New England Patriots during media availability on Thursday afternoon.
It’s Gronkowski’s only scheduled appearance during the week.
Gronkowski figured prominently in New England’s game plan vs. the Los Angeles Chargers last weekend as a blocker, but managed only one catch for 25 yards in the passing game.
Gronkowski, 29, is coming off a regular season in which he caught 47 passes for 682 yards and three touchdowns. The 47 catches are his fewest in a season in which he’s played at least 11 games and his three touchdowns are tied for his lowest total ever, regardless of how many games he’s appeared in.
Speculation has run rampant in regards to Gronkowski’s future as the season has moved along, with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reporting last weekend that he’s likely to weigh retirement again this offseason — just as he did last year after Super Bowl LII, taking months before deciding to return to New England for his ninth season.
Gronkowski has said he’s “all-in” for this season at recent media sessions.
Patrick Chung and Stephon Gilmore are also set to speak this afternoon from Gillette Stadium.
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