TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Friday that tight end Rob gronkowski (ribs) and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (hand, shoulder) will be game-time decisions against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Gronkowski returned to practice on Friday after missing two days this week, while Pierre-Paul practiced for the first time since September 15. Arians said Monday that he “did not anticipate” Pierre-Paul playing this week.
Gronkowski has been one of the Bucs’ most potent red zone weapons this season, while Pierre-Paul has been the emotional leader of a defense that has only three sacks in the first three games.
Running back Young bernard (knee) and corner Jamel dean (knee) both will be out, which means the Bucs will not have two of the three starting cornerbacks. Richard Sherman, who signed with the team on Wednesday, will be active.
“We’ll have him up just in case,” Arians said.
Sherman said he would need about a week to acclimate to the Bucs’ system.