Week Six has arrived for the Patriots and the verdict has arrived for tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Per a league source Dr. James Andrews has recommended that Gronkowski not play.

Earlier in the week Gronkowski was optimistic that he’d get clearance. The failure to get medical permission to return to action with a forearm that was broken twice and invaded in the offseason by infection through six weeks of the regular season raises an obvious question — when will clearance come?

Gronkowski will miss the minimum number of games he would have missed if he has remained on the physically unable to perform list. However he has been able to practice during the past six weeks and New England’s opponents have been forced to prepare to face him.