AFC East Notes: Gronkowski, Pats, Bills

Here’s a look at the AFC East:

  • The Patriots issued a statement regarding the status of injured tight end Rob Gronkowski (Twitter link via’s Will Brinson): “During Sunday night’s game, Rob Gronkowski sustained a bone bruise/sprain of his right knee. His status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis and listed accordingly on the practice participation and injury reports. There is no timetable for his readiness to return, which will be determined in the days or hours prior to the appropriate game. Any timetable reported prior to that final determination would be speculative.”
  • The Patriots had veteran defensive back Zackary Bowman in for a workout, according to Mike Reiss of (on Twitter). Reiss adds that the Pats are keeping their emergency lists fresh, so it doesn’t sound like we should expect a deal to happen this week.
  • Rex Ryan’s honeymoon with Bills fans appears to be over, but players still stand behind the first-year coach, as Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News writes. In a sampling of player opinions, on and off the record, Carucci found that the support for Ryan is unwavering.
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