according to a league source, Rob Gronkowski is expected to try to practice this week. Gronkowski underwent surgery on his broken arm Nov 19— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) December 12, 2012This would be half amazing and half not amazing.Honestly, the Patriots have not really felt the effects of missing Gronk yet. It certainly hasn't kept them from winning games.I understand how significant the San Francisco game is, and even if Gronk does practice he probably won't play in that game. Still, the opinion of experts was that if he came back too early he could cause some serious damage. I would rather have Gronk close to 100% for the playoffs, that's when the team will really need him.