Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/16/14

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
The good news? Rob Gronkowski is back at Patriots practice. The bad news? He still isn’t expected to play on Sunday in a key matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. But there’s always a chance that changes. Still recovering from a broken forearm suffered against the Colts in Week 11, Gronk was hoping to practice this week, according to a report by The Boston Globe. It appears that report was spot-on, as the tight end was spotted on Friday afternoon by multiple reporters covering Patriots practice. However, Gronkowski is still likely on the comeback trail and fans shouldn’t get their hopes up too much. Rob Gronkowski is practicing today. Still wouldn't expect him to play Sunday.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 14, 2012 The timeline for Gronkowski’s recovery from the broken bone was reportedly 4-6 weeks, so a return against the Niners would put Gronk back on the field exactly four weeks from the date of his injury.
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