Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 9/1/13

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)
 Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Good news is present for New England Patriots fans and the news involves a key piece of the offense. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was at practice today in full pads for the first time since undergoing multiple forearm surgeries and one surgery on his back this offseason. It is still not realistic to expect Gronkowski to be ready when the Patriots open up their season against the Buffalo Bills or for the Patriots’ home-opener against the New York Jets on September 12, but just his presence on the field signals progress in his rehab, and that he may be ready to transition from focusing specifically on rehab to football-specific drills. In the 15 minutes that reporters were present at practice, Gronkowski went through running drills as the team ran the length of the field multiple times, and then he took part in an agility drill that involves players stepping over bags while a coach throws them the football. In addition, he also took part in a blocking drill in...
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