A big reason why they won the game, 43-40, was tight end Rob Gronkowski, who made several huge receptions including a big one in the final minute to help put the Patriots in position for a game-winning field goal.
Gronkowski had the back injury pop up in practice this week and is listed as questionable for the Week 7 matchup against the Bears.
"We will go with what we think is best for him and what is best for the team", Bears coach Matt Nagy said on Friday of his prized defender, who's appeared in 70 consecutive games (69 starts) to begin his career.
Gronkowski is leading the Patriots with 405 receiving yards this season, and New England will miss him if forced to play without him.
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The absence of Gronkowski, arguably the most dominant tight end in the National Football League, might have an impact on New England's ability to move the ball deep downfield.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears are unsure how much Mack will play.
- Ted Karras is back on the active list after three weeks as a healthy scratch.
With Cannon out, right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will draw the Mack matchup.