Horse named after Rob Gronkowski in jeopardy of missing Kentucky Derby

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski purchased a minority share in a Kentucky Derby qualifier named Gronkowski last week. “This horse is a winner and I love a winner,” the football player said then

Quip out of next week's Kentucky Derby, pointed toward Preakness

He still hasn't committed to playing for the 2018 season.

Appearing in full motocross garb, Gronkowski discussed the Monster Energy Supercross event at Gillette Stadium, his childhood love of bikes and four-wheelers and more.

Combatant would move into the Kentucky Derby field if Gronkowski can't make it, according to the Courier Journal. Missing organized team activities to go dirt bike riding. I've been training really hard.

Maybe it's nothing. But for now, aside from being his normal goofy self, Gronkowsi's stunt simply seemed more like an ill-advised attempt to be amusing than it did anything else.

"The other one? When it comes down to time", Gronk said. "He will ride you every single day because he wants ... to get every single ounce of greatness out of his players".

Like Gronkowski, Brady, 41, skipped out on the Patriots' first set of voluntary workouts, traveling thousands of miles from Foxborough, Mass., to Qatar for charity work.

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"I'm definitely gonna look at my future, for sure", he said back on February 4.

It's been all fun and games for Gronkowski so far in the National Football League, but testing Belichick has, historically, been a surefire way to bring an abrupt end to the good times in New England.

It's quiet on this Monday morning, but here are a couple of bits as we kick off the week. "That's what", Gronkowski said.

Rob Gronkowski's possible reaction to the equine news out of England.

But despite the questions swirling around the future of the Patriots' two most important players, a "source with knowledge of the situation" told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio that the team expects both to "suit up and play" in the 2018 season. (He has said he never touches the money he receives from the six-year, $54 million contract he signed in 2012, instead living off his endorsements.) But here's hoping he was aware of the risks involved.

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