Ruled out for Thursday night

Gronkowski (ribs) has been ruled out for Thursday's game in Philadelphia, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

With Gronkowski out for a third straight game, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard are likely to continue rotating at tight end. Gronkowski hasn't practiced for three weeks since suffering multiple internal injuries, but the Bucs haven't ruled him out beyond Week 6. He'll now have some extra time to recover before Tampa's next game Oct. 24 against the Bears.

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