Rob Gronkowski Comments on His Status for Patriots' Week 1 Matchup vs. Dolphins

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2014

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Updates from Tuesday, Sept 2

Bill Belichick commented on Rob Gronkowski's status for the Patriots' Week 1 game (via Mike Reiss of ESPN):

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New England Patriots fans and fantasy owners of Rob Gronkowski can now rejoice. One of the best tight ends in the NFL has declared himself ready for Week 1 when his team travels to take on the Miami Dolphins.

Gronkowski spoke about being ready for the matchup, per Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe:

Phil Perry of CSN New England shared more comments from Gronkowski:

The tight end posted his own message on Twitter:

Last season, Gronkowski played in just seven contests, compiling 39 receptions for 592 yards and four touchdowns, before a torn ACL and MCL ended his campaign in early December.

While the news about Gronk's readiness is undoubtedly positive for the Patriots and fantasy owners, he might not play every snap against the Dolphins. Doug Kyed of NESN shared another comment from the stud tight end:

Though that potential snap-count limitation might worry fantasy owners, there should be little hesitation to plug Gronk into your lineups. Josh Moore of 4for4.com notes he will likely be in for crucial plays:

Gronkowski revealed how he feels heading into the matchup, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald:

Will Carroll of Bleacher Report also shares his thoughts on the news:

The announcement is a huge one for the Patriots, but the tight end expected to return for Week 1. Albert Breer of the NFL Network notes that Gronk simply reached his anticipated result:

Gronkowski will certainly be a huge weapon for the Patriots against Miami. With a young receiving corps around him, he is the clear No. 1 target for quarterback Tom Brady when he's on the field.

Though he has battled a variety of injuries in recent seasons, Gronk has frequently proven why he's considered one of the NFL's best tight ends. Even if he's not healthy enough to play every snap against the Dolphins, a monster performance could be in the cards this coming weekend.

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