HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots walks on the sidelines during their game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Patriots reportedly set to receive massive boost Thursday night

This could be huge for the Pats.

For any young quarterback, having a reliable tight end is important as a safe check down option.

For rookie Jacoby Brissett (or whoever starts for the New England Patriots Thursday night) they'll have the ultimate safe option as Rob Gronkowski is reportedly telling people he'll take the field for the first time this season, per the Boston Globe.

Arguably one of the best right ends in NFL history, Gronk has been plagued by back, forearm and leg injuries throughout his NFL career. He missed the first two games of the regular season thus far with a hamstring injury.

Gronk heads into Thursday's tilt with 5,555 yards and 65 touchdowns over six years. He hasn't played a full season since 2011.