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Source: Rob Gronkowski to sit

12/21/2012 - NFL Aaron Hernandez Rob Gronkowski + more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski won't play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars as he continues to recover from a broken forearm, a team source confirmed to ESPN.com on Friday.

Gronkowski participated in practice all three days this week, and his official status for Sunday's game is questionable, as is that of fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez. Both were listed as questionable last week, as well. Hernandez played while Gronkowski missed his fourth consecutive game.

In total, 19 Patriots are listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Hernandez and Gronkowski were both in the locker room on Friday afternoon, as the team packed its bags for Jacksonville.

When asked if he was willing to talk to reporters, Gronkowski responded that he would speak next week when the Patriots prepare for their regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins.

Earlier this week, the question of whether the Patriots should give key players extra rest in the final two games was posed. On Friday, coach Bill Belichick noted that the team has dialed back practices late in the season, trimming down some players' workloads.

Asked Friday if he has benefited from the reduced intensity of recent practices, Hernandez pointed out that only playing in eight games this season because of an ankle injury has kept his body fresh.

"I wasn't fortunate enough to play as much as a lot of my teammates, so I'm pretty good," Hernandez said. "But I'm sure it helps a lot of my teammates because they're sore from playing a lot of games."

Information from ESPN Senior NFL Writer John Clayton and ESPNBoston.com regular contributor Mike Rodak was used in this report.