FOXBORO, NE (The Spread) - Even with tight end Rob Gronkowski's status in doubt, the Patriots' 2014 Super Bowl odds remain intact.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Patriots are 9/1 to win the 2014 Super Bowl, which give them the same odds as the Seahawks. Meanwhile, the Broncos and 49ers remain co-favorites at 6/1, respectively, although Denver's odds could change as soon as pass rusher Von Miller's suspension is announced.
Back to Gronkowski, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that "it's not realistic" to expect that the tight end will play Week 1 against the Bills. A source familiar with the situation also reiterated to Schefter later in the day that it would be a "huge stretch" to think Gronk plays in Week 1.
A source also told the Boston Herald that Gronkowski's rehab from back surgery is "right on schedule" for a mid-September return, which obviously indicates that the Patriots will avoid placing him the PUP list. If they were to do that, it would cost Gronkowski the first six games of the 2013 season.