Tom Brady can be with out his trusty sidekick for Sunday’s homecoming sport at Gillette Stadium.

Buccaneers tight finish Rob Gronkowski is out for Tampa Bay’s Week 4 matchup with the Patriots because of a rib damage and will not make the journey to New England, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday.

Gronkowski took a tough shot to the ribs within the Bucs’ Week 3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and was listed as uncertain for Sunday’s sport after lacking a number of practices this week.

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Nonetheless, many figured the veteran tight finish would not miss the chance to play in opposition to his former crew for the primary time since retiring from the Patriots following the 2018 season.

Gronkowski smashed all kinds of data throughout his 9 seasons in New England and sure would have gotten a really heat reception from the Gillette Stadium crowd regardless of his acrimonious departure and resolution to return out of retirement to affix Brady in Tampa Bay final offseason.

Gronkowski’s absence is a big blow for a Tampa Bay offense that’s already down working again Giovani Bernard. The Bucs nonetheless are heavy favorites, however Brady’s job of defeating Invoice Belichick can be somewhat tougher with out his longtime tight finish.