Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Rob Gronkowski spoke about his status for Week 1 (via Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe and Phil Perry of CSNNE.com):
Gronk: "I'm ready to go. I'll be playing."— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) September 1, 2014
Gronkowski says he's playing Sunday. "It's gonna be an honor to be back out there with my teammates." pic.twitter.com/5E6INBnuz9— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 1, 2014
Gronkowski later spoke about his playing time and style (via Doug Kyed of NESN and Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald):
Gronk says he doesn't expect to play every snap. "Getting my feet wet."— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) September 1, 2014
Gronk: "I feel like I can be myself out there. ... I'll be playing like I always play."— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 1, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27
Albert Breer of NFL Network reported on Rob Gronkowski's status for the Patriots' final preseason game:
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski unlikely to play Thu, but continues to progress, I'm told. So as it has been since spring, Week 1 is the goal.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 27, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
NFL Network's Albert Breer has an update on Gronkowski's status:
As expected, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will sit tonight. Everything is still on course, though -- Optimistic, but not certain about Wk 1.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 22, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Mike Reiss of ESPN updated Rob Gronkowski's status:
TE Rob Gronkowski taking another step in his progression, participating in 11-on-11 drills for first time. Lot of balls thrown his way.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 18, 2014
TE Rob Gronkowski says his plan remains to play the full 16-game regular season. No setbacks, he says.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 18, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated notes that Gronkowski didn't look healthy at practice:
Week 1 might be a stretch for the Rob Gronkowski I saw yesterday. He was noticeably favoring his knee, limping as he ran. We'll see.— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) August 13, 2014
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports on Gronkowski's availability:
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still not cleared for contact. Would be surprising to see him play this preseason. Still optimism for opener.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 13, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio provides the latest on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's status:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s anticipated Week One availability sits at 50-50, with perhaps a shade above the even-money proposition. It’s not a surprise; given the many surgeries and complications Gronkowski has endured in the past two years, there’s no reason to be reckless with his health.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported on Rob Gronkowski's activity in practice:
Rob Gronkowski is competing in 7-on-7s for the first time. Wearing a red non-contact jersey, he just caught a pass from Jimmy Garoppolo— Karen Guregian (@kguregian) August 11, 2014
Earlier, Lee Schechter of ESPNBoston.com provided a statement from Gronkowski discussing his recovery:
Improving every single week so far. No setbacks or anything like that. Going out there and feeling better every single time I'm out there on the field.
Basically went hard during the practices and all last week, so a little time off to let the knee heal a little bit more. Can't always be grinding on it 24/7, when you are coming off an injury. You got to let it heal, so no setbacks, improving every single week. Feeling better since the time off so it's going well.
You guys know how when you got something you can't just keep going on it. You got to let it heal. You got to let your body rest.
I'm not out here running routes or anything at 80 percent as you can see. I'm just running out there going full speed in the drills, but they are just limiting drills I can do from the contact. When I can start getting contact, I will ease into it a little bit, but most likely when I get cleared to do contact, it will be full go, too.
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
Phil Perry of CSN New England provides an update on Rob Gronkowski's status:
Rob Gronkowski back with his teammates today. Didn't travel for joint practices in Virginia last week. No arm pad for him today as of now.— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) August 10, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
Phil Perry of CSNNE.com has the latest on Gronkowski:
Rob Gronkowski stayed behind in Foxboro when the Patriots traveled to Richmond, Va., for three joint practices with the Redskins. But next week, when the Eagles visit Gillette Stadium for joint practices leading up to a preseason game on August 15, the star tight end is expected to be back on the field and practicing.
"I expect that we will see him back on the field next week against Philadelphia working like he did before we left there," Patriots coach Bill Belichick told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday, "and hopefully continue to make good progress."
Gronkowski was a limited participant in two weeks of training camp practices leading up to the joint work with the Redskins. While he ran routes and caught passes from Tom Brady and the team's other quarterbacks, Gronkowski was not on the field for 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 work.
Updates from Monday, August 4
Albert Breer of NFL.com reported the latest on Rob Gronkowski and his recovery:
As @jeffphowe just mentioned, the Pats left Rob Gronkowski back in Foxboro. They are simply exhibiting caution, I'm told. He can work there.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 4, 2014
Updates from Sunday, July 27
Albert Breer passed along the latest in Rob Gronkowski's return to the Patriots:
Updates from Friday, July 25
Patriots Football Weekly's Paul Perillo has the latest on Gronkowski's recovery:
Gronk just said he's still not 100 percent but working to get there. No timetable #Patriots— Paul Perillo (@pfwpaul) July 25, 2014
Gronk said he'll be in pads tomorrow doing whatever he can. Says he doesn't plan to alter his playing style at all. #Patriots— Paul Perillo (@pfwpaul) July 25, 2014
Aked about "boring" nature of summer of Gronk; "nothing but rehab. Don't wish what I've been through last couple of years on anyone."— Paul Perillo (@pfwpaul) July 25, 2014
NFL Around the League has a tidbit as well:
Gronk admits he’s not 100% yet. But he’s going to keep “smashing and dashing in everything I do."— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) July 25, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 23
NFL Network's Albert Breer provided an update on Rob Gronkowski's status:
Belichick just said that Gronkowski has been cleared, and won't be on PUP.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 23, 2014
The Patriots' official Twitter account later confirmed Breer's report:
Bill Belichick says Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play. #PatsCamp— New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 23, 2014
Updates from Sunday, July 20
ESPN's Mike Reiss provides a statement from Rob Gronkowski discussing his recovery and expectations for the 2014 season:
'I'm planning on playing the whole season this year,' Gronkowski said Friday night during his Football 101 Women's Clinic at a local high school.
The Patriots open the season Sept. 7 at the Miami Dolphins.
'I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is. I just want to play football. I love playing the game.'
Gronkowski also spoke on his status for training camp, courtesy of Reiss:
I don't know yet until I report, so I'll sit down with the coaches and training staff and we'll see. I'm just working with the trainers right now, improving every single day and whenever it starts up, whatever the trainers have, whatever the coaches have for me, whatever we feel comfortable with [we'll be] doing as much as possible every day that I can do.
Updates from Tuesday, July 8
Paul Perillo of Patriots.com reports that Rob Gronkowski is on schedule with his recovery:
As has been the case in recent seasons this all comes down to the health of arguably the Patriots best player: Gronkowski. At this point all signs point toward Gronk being ready to go in Week 1...
Updates from Sunday, July 6
Paul Perillo of Patriots.com reports on Rob Gronkowski's current expected availability for Week 1 of the 2014 NFL regular season:
At this point all signs point toward Gronk being ready to go in Week 1, but that’s really not the important part of the equation for the Patriots.
Updates from Sunday, June 22
Albert Breer of NFL.com (via Chris Wesseling of NFL.com) broke down Rob Gronkowski's recovery and return to the Patriots
Gronkowski's rehab has been a lot smoother than last offseason's. The Patriots aren't going to take any risks, though. Gronkowski will spend a portion of the next month rehabbing near Foxboro.
It's possible that Gronk's knee will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Breer reported on Friday's edition ofNFL Total Access, but the Patriots won't do anything to jeopardize his chances of being ready for Week 1.
Updates from Thursday, June 19
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports drills Rob Gronkowski participated in yesterday:
Tight end Rob Gronkowski made new strides yesterday in his return from a torn ACL and MCL. Per usual, he departed for the Dana-Farber Field House to continue his rehab assignment following the stretching and jogging portions of practice.
Updates from Sunday, June 8
Ben Volin of The Boston Globe has the latest update on Gronkowski:
The Patriots don’t seem to mind that Gronkowski is keeping himself busy as long as he puts in his rehab. He was actually bursting, planting, and cutting during the early portions of Thursday’s practice open to the media, and doesn’t look like he’s having any limitations. Whether he’ll be ready to play in the first month of the season is another matter.
Updates from Sunday, June 1
Ben Volin of The Boston Globe provides a statement from Rob Gronkowski discussing his recovery:
Gronkowski answers to the Patriots, of course, and by all appearances he is progressing well from surgery in early January to repair a torn ACL and MCL. Though he hasn’t participated with his teammates in the offseason practices, he has been working with trainers on the field and in the weight room at Gillette.
He declined to put a timetable on his return and whether he can be available for the Patriots’ first game of the season on Sept. 7 at Miami.
"Just doing what I got to do, improving every week, and that’s all I can ask for. I just worry about what I’ve got to do, and what I’ve got to do right now is rehab and get better. Just take it week by week and day by day from here on out. We’ll see what happens and we’ll see where I’m at when it all starts."
Updates from Thursday, May 29
Albert Breer of NFL.com broke down the health of Rob Gronkowski's knee and a timeline for his recovery:
Patriots opened OTAs this week. TE Rob Gronkowski still a ways off from jumping in. He's started light jogging, as he continues his rehab.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 29, 2014
My understanding Gronkowski's rehab has gone smooth - w/o setbacks - but they'll be deliberate. Too early to tell if he'll be back for camp.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 29, 2014
The 2013 NFL season was an injury-plagued one for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, but things appear to be moving in the right direction as he prepares for the 2014 campaign.
After missing the first six games last season due to offseason forearm and back surgeries, Gronk returned in fine form with seven productive outings. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL and MCL against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14 and missed the remainder of the season.
According to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com, Gronkowski is pleased with his rehabilitation progress thus far.
How many regular-season games do you expect Rob Gronkowski to play in 2014?
"It's coming along good. Just rehabbing every day," Gronkowski said. "Just improving every single week. That's all I can ask for."
Gronk is not taking part in the Pats' organized team activities and claimed that he is "getting healthy on the side."
No timetable has been set for his return to action, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft is pleased with what he has seen out of his star tight end to this point.
"I'm down in the training room and he's been there," Kraft said. "He's been very diligent and working very hard and now we just hope that just translates to the field."
Aside from perhaps Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, there is no more dominant tight end in football than Gronkowski.
Gronk racked up 90 receptions for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011, which was his last full season. Unfortunately, remaining healthy has been a major issue as he has missed 14 regular-season games since the 2011 campaign.
The Patriots took a cautious route with Gronkowski last year, but he still managed to get injured. Gronk plays a physical style that invites plenty of contact, so the potential for injury will always be present, especially with him being so heavily featured in New England's offense.
With that said, he is still just 25 years of age and has plenty of productive seasons left if he can find a way to stay on the field.
Since the start of the regular season is still more than three months away, Gronkowski has plenty of time to recover. He seems encouraged as of right now, but it will be interesting to see what the outlook is a couple months down the line.
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