Rob Gronkowski says he will play vs. Jets

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the team's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week with an injured thigh, says he is ready for action Sunday against the New York Jets.

"I'm good to go, ready to play," Gronkowski said Friday. "Whatever coaches call, or whatever plays they have me in, I'll be ready to roll."

Gronkowski had injured his thigh in the team's Oct. 1 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and the quick turnaround to play on Oct. 5 was too much to overcome. If the game was played Sunday instead of Thursday, Gronkowski said he would have played.

"Unfortunately it was a quick turnaround game Thursday night, and it just wasn't ready to roll. There was no chance that it could have went," he said. "It is what it is. I took care of myself throughout that whole time, took care of my body, and now I'm ready to play."

The Patriots did not list Gronkowski on their injury report Friday after he practiced in full. Quarterback Tom Brady also is a go for Sunday, while cornerback Eric Rowe is out with a groin injury and running back Rex Burkhead (ribs) is questionable.

Despite not playing, Gronkowski still made the trip to Tampa, watching the game from the sideline.

"You just cheer for your teammates, and you're just there for support," he said. "Hopefully that doesn't happen again. I'm going to focus on the Jets now and ready to roll for Sunday."

In four games, Gronkowski has 20 catches for 318 yards and two touchdowns.