Patriots’ Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski Expected to Play in Week 5 Game

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 10: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates his third touchdown of the game with Julian Edelman #11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

It’s been a long time coming.

The New England Patriots have been waiting a long time for this moment: both tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman are expected to suit up and play against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported both stories.

The last time the Patriots had both Edelman and Gronkowski on the field at the same time was week 12 of the 2016 season, and the two players have only suited up at the same time for 19 of the past 60 games, including playoffs.

Edelman is returning from a 4-game suspension, while Gronkowski has battled an ankle injury the past couple of weeks. The two players will take some more time to get up to full speed, shaking off both rust and injury, but they should provide a nice boost to the New England offense that is also getting Josh Gordon and Sony Michel more involved.

SOURCE: SB Nation, Rich Hill