Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/14/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrate after teaming up for a first quarter touchdown against the New York Giants on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play Sunday night, despite returning to practice Friday for the first time since he underwent surgery for a broken forearm in November. NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk cited a league source on Friday night who said Gronkowski will probably not play against the San Francisco 49ers. Gronkowski sustained the injury on Nov. 18 in the Patriots' 59-28 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. He has missed New England's past three games while recovering. Before the injury, Gronkowski caught 53 passes for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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