Originally written on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 1/1/13

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots carries a reception into the endzone past Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants for a first quarter touchdown on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Rob Gronkowski is on his way back. That's good news for the New England Patriots. Gronkowski, the best tight end in the NFL, returned to action for the first time since November 18 last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. While mildly favoring his used-to-be-broken forearm, Gronkowski took a third of New England's offensive snaps, catching two passes, one for a touchdown, while being targeted four times.The timeline has been as good as can be for Gronkowski. He was able to get in a little refresher course just before the playoffs, and since the Patriots earned a first-round bye, he'll have an extra week to get comfortable for a potential Super Bowl run. "I thought that all in all it was a fairly productive day and also an opportunity for him to get out there and get his legs back and get into a game and hear the communication and the tempo and the pace and all the different things that happen when you haven’t played in over a month,"Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said ...
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