He should only play the final Preseason game, but that shows the class Gonzo has. He is going to treat his last year like a true professional and put the team first. RESPECT!
Originally posted on ProFootballTalk:
When the Falcons converted tight end Tony Gonzalez’s 95-percent vow to retire into a 100-percent decision to play, the team was fine with not having 100 percent of his time during training camp.
As explained by D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the future Hall of Famer currently is on leave from the team. Gonzalez also won’t be playing in the preseason opener against the Bengals.
“Tony is gone,” coach Mike Smith told reporters on Saturday. ”Again, I don’t want to get into details. His son is starting football this week. It’s his first season of tackle football and he’s going to be with him. Our plan is that Tony will be missing the first preseason game but he will play in the last two preseason games. That’s an update and I don’t want to be having a Tony Gonzalez update moving forward, but that’s where we’re at right now.