Report: New England Patriots won't place Rob Gronkowski on physically unable to perform list

New England's Rob Gronkowski celebrates a TD against Miami on December 30, 2012
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will not start the season on the team's physically unable to perform list, according to reports.

The New England Patriots have decided not to place Rob Gronkowski on their physically unable to perform list, according to reports.

The tight end has been recovering from off-season back surgery, and is expected to miss the opening game of the regular season.

However, NFL.com has said that the team are against placing the 24-year-old on the PUP list, which would keep him out of the opening six games.

It is expected that Gronkowski will ready to return towards the end of next month.

Head coach Bill Belichick watches his team play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013
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