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Patriots beat writers were given access to Patriots practice again today and star tight end Rob Gronkowski was once again suited up in full pads. Today he even participated in 11-on-11 work, though it's not clear how extensive his activity was.
This does actually make sense with the timeline he was given after undergoing back surgery in mid-June. It's still unlikely Gronk sees the field in week 1.
According to the Boston Herald though, Gronk could come back as early as Week 2.
"There are whispers at Gillette Stadium that Gronkowski could play as early as the home opener in Week 2 against the Jets," writes Jeff Howe. "Though that still seems a bit optimistic, it hasn't been ruled out, which isn't a bad thing."
I would be opposed to Gronkowski returning that soon. I would rather him fully recover from his surgeries before putting himself at risk again. The play of the Patriots offense without him will likely dictate which direction the team goes.
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FOXBORO, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski is off the PUP list and back on the football field. Gronkowski was in full uniform Sunday afternoon and participating in drills. Gronkowski missed all of training camp after undergoing back surgery in the spring. The All-Pro tight end was spotted last Monday catching passes and jogging on a side field. It was the first time we had seen Gronkowski...
There is a reason the New England Patriots did not put tight
end, Rob Gronkowski, on the physically unable to perform list. One day after team’s shed a few shoulder pads
to get down to the required 53 players, Gronkowski returned to practice,
Brinson of CBSSports.
Gronkowski, who has been battling back and forearm injuries,
practiced with the team on Sunday though...
The Patriots will carry tight end Rob Gronkowski on their active
53-man roster, FOX Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo confirms.
Tom Brady said he would be fine if the Patriots brought back Tim Tebow, saying, "I enjoy being around him very much," and adding, “He’s a very talented football player."
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The New England Patriots will not place tight end Rob Gronkowski on the physically unable to perform list.
Patriots will carry TE Rob Gronkowski on their 53-man roster and not place him on PUP, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2013
With Gronk likely on track to be back at the end of September, it made sense for the Pats to keep...