Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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Rob Gronkowski isn’t back on the football field just yet, but he is making progress in his recovery from offseason back surgery. Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair a disc in his back on June 18 and was projected to have a 12-week recovery period. He’s finally back in the training room at Gillette Stadium and preparing to get back out on the football field, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder. Gronk has started his rehab from back surgery and is working with Patriots trainers on stretching and strengthening his core, according to the report. After a few weeks off the grid, Gronk reemerged onto the scene over the Fourth of July weekend, showing up at a party in his hometown of Buffalo. The 6-foot-6 behemoth usually weighs in around 265 pounds, but he looked much thinner in the party photo, which isn’t unusual after an intense surgical procedure. There is a still a long way to go in Gronkowski’s rehab, and the next few weeks will determine a lot about his ultimate timeline. But the fact that he has already started the rehab process, less than four weeks removed from the surgery, is a good sign for the Patriots, especially as they hope he can make a return in time for the season opener back in Buffalo on Sept. 8. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.
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