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Sources: Gronk now unlikely to play

Updated: October 12, 2013, 7:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Despite fully participating in another week of practices, the New England Patriots don't expect tight end Rob Gronkowski to play Sunday against the undefeated New Orleans Saints, league sources told ESPN's Ed Werder on Friday.

Gronkowski, recovering after a series of surgeries on his fractured forearm and ailing back, still has not been cleared to play by Dr. James Andrews, according to ESPN and media reports.

As on 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Gronkowski still had not been cleared, ...

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