Originally written on NFL Injury Report  |  Last updated 10/15/14

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)
New England Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, who is recovering from back and forearm injuries, is making progress in his rehab, reports Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.  When asked about his injury, Gronk was a chatty Kathy, when asked about if he would play Week 1, Gronk turned into the biggest quahog North of Block Island. When asked about rehabbing, Gronk was a chattah box telling reporters, “Putting the pads on, just having them on, man, made me happy again.  I love this game, definitely miss it, football, just going out there and practicing with my teammates. Miss doing the grind with my teammates, miss being out there with the coaches and everything, so it’s just awesome to be back out there with the team and focusing and getting things done.” Quite the opposite (and not surprising knowing the Pats) Gronk was less forthcoming about his status for Week 1 stating, “I approach every single day to the max of my ability, preparing every day to do the best I can.  When my number’s called, that’s when I’ll play.”  Gronk tossed in a few more of his famous “day-by-day” lines as well. Gronk recently had a discectomy (removal of disc material to relieve pain) and before that four surgeries on his left forearm, which he first busted last season in late November.  I tend to think that a healthy Gronk would have turned the Patriot’s recent Super Bowl losses into Super Bowl wins.  He is that important of a player and that good.  There is no debating this point.  When healthy, Gronkowski is the best blocking and pass-catching TE in the NFL.  If he stays healthy, he has the chance to be considered the best TE of all time.  Right now, Gronk is all smiles, let us just hope he can keep his pearly whites shining and gleaming through a full NFL season.     You can follow me on twitter @TheSoftParade69 Talk football talk cigars talk anything, I know a little about a lot.   Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?

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