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Gronkowski out of walking boot, Matt Light sick

New England Patriots' Gronkowski is tackled by Baltimore Ravens' Pollard in the third quarter during the NFL AFC Championship football game in Foxborough Reuters

Team PFT is out at Super Bowl Media Day and we’ll have plenty from the event throughout Tuesday, but a couple of early notes merit a mention before they start filing their dispatches.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn’t wearing the walking boot he has been seen with several times since spraining his ankle against the Ravens in the AFC Championship game. Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston shared this shot of Gronkowski’s feet in sneakers, something that should make Patriots fans happy. Gronkowski said that the boot came off on Monday. While he’s likely to still feel the effects of the injury, there doesn’t seem to be much chance he’ll miss the game.

Tackle Matt Light is not taking part in Media Day. His appearance was scrubbed because of illness, according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, and there haven’t been any updates as to the type or severity of the illness at this point. That means we’ll be denied any further discussion about his relationship with Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

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48 Responses to “Gronkowski out of walking boot, Matt Light sick”
  1. Pat MyHog says: Jan 31, 2012 10:26 AM

    GRONKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!

    kid is a beast…he’ll not only play, he’ll be a factor. Won’t be 100% for sure, but hes going to catch some balls and make some plays.

  2. pats54 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:27 AM

    Good news on Gronk, hopefully Light will be 100% for Sunday. I am looking forward to a hard fought game between both teams. I think it could go either way and regardless of who wins, congratulations to both teams for having one hell of a season to get here.

  3. whereismycomment says: Jan 31, 2012 10:28 AM

    No Boot??? Super Bowl championship!

  4. jagsfan1 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:31 AM

    2 Things :

    Rex Ryan is THRILLED

    Get ready for the “Gronk spotted wearing boot again” story

  5. tombradyallday says: Jan 31, 2012 10:32 AM

    would love to tear bernard pollards acl right now ha. its all good gronk is in the superbowl hes not

  6. rogerbrad says: Jan 31, 2012 10:37 AM

    jagsfan1 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 10:31 AM
    2 Things :

    Rex Ryan is THRILLED

    Get ready for the “Gronk spotted wearing boot again” story
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    You’re right about the boot thingy. That story WILL be back before game time.

  7. svcfilmguy says: Jan 31, 2012 10:37 AM

    I’d still be worried about Gronkowski. Roethlisberger wasn’t the same after his ankle injury. Getting out of a boot is a nice first step, but we still have no idea if he’s anywhere close to full strength. Stay tuned.

    As for Light, illness could be anything. Maybe he just had a case of the Mondays. I’m not concerned if there is no further update.

  8. chiefpatriot says: Jan 31, 2012 10:38 AM

    IMO, BB had asked the Patriots PR folks to make up this ‘Matt Light is not well’ story. BB doesn’t want any jabbing-back-and-forth with Osi and thus creating unnecessary distraction. Let them do their ‘talking’ on the field on Sunday.

  9. n0hopeleft says: Jan 31, 2012 10:38 AM

    Michael Boley has something nice planned for the Gronk!

  10. unbreakable02215 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:38 AM

    As an earlier poster said: “Gronk play and play
    well”.

  11. n0hopeleft says: Jan 31, 2012 10:39 AM

    Light has IBS.

    He knows what’s coming Sunday night, and he’s pooping in his jock strap.

  12. wte1 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:42 AM

    and with Vollmer back look for an offensive line that’s gonna control the LOS.

    I predict a buck for The Law Firm.

  13. kelvinmchale says: Jan 31, 2012 10:47 AM

    Is he limping?

  14. jakek2 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:47 AM

    Light has osi-itus.

  15. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 31, 2012 10:52 AM

    Light dominates Osi Umenloser, sick or not.

  16. 2sausage11 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:08 AM

    I wish both teams could win so I don’t have to listen to the Giant’s fans cry

    30 PATS

    24 other guys because nobody remembers who lost

    Ocho SB MVP

  17. brutus9448 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:18 AM

    what makes people think the pats who lost at home to a injury filled giants can now beat them in a nuetral field with them being healthy.

    I just don’t get it.

  18. purplecrowe says: Jan 31, 2012 11:18 AM

    svcfilmguy says:
    Jan 31, 2012 10:37 AM
    I’d still be worried about Gronkowski. Roethlisberger wasn’t the same after his ankle injury. Getting out of a boot is a nice first step, but we still have no idea if he’s anywhere close to full strength. Stay tuned.

    No worries for 1 game, he’ll be good to go. Boot is off, good first step. Come Sunday… A) shoot it up with lots of pain killer. B) tape it up real tight. C) score a couple TD’s. D) hoist the Lombardi. E) rest ankle during off-season…

  19. bosfaninva says: Jan 31, 2012 11:22 AM

    With Vollmer back, the Pats OL is one of the best in the NFL. The Jints pass rush is great, but the Pats OL will be able to minimize the havoc it causes.

    Primary Jints advantage…NEGATED!

  20. thetruth1313 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:22 AM

    n0hopeleft says:
    Jan 31, 2012 10:38 AM
    Michael Boley has something nice planned for the Gronk!
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    He volunteered to be the speed bump when Gronk is running over Giants players?

  21. ottograham says: Jan 31, 2012 11:25 AM

    FACT: Giants DL > NE Offensive Line

  22. alltee says: Jan 31, 2012 11:25 AM

    to svcfilmguy

    comparing Roethlisberger’s injury to that of gronk’s is comparing apples and oranges. ben couldnt walk after the game and there were reports that it took him 15 minutes to go from the locker room to the shower (a 30 second walk) as per peter king

    gronk not only came back in the game and wasnt limping, but was jumping up and down on the field after the game in excitement.

    the severity of the two injuries are drastically different

  23. donz0 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:31 AM

    Don’t get too excited Pats fans. High ankle sprains suck.

  24. sjhesketh says: Jan 31, 2012 11:34 AM

    what makes people think the pats who lost at home to a injury filled giants can now beat them in a nuetral field with them being healthy.

    I just don’t get it.
    *******************************************

    Well, there are several reasons:

    - Any Given Sunday rule
    - Pats were banged up in that game as well
    - Week 9 was an eternity ago in football terms.
    - both teams will change their gameplans from the first game in all likelihood.

    I mean, really? You can’t see the Pats winning this game because of a close game in Week 9? If that’s the case, you “just don’t get it” because you know nothing about football. How simplistic is your thinking?

  25. masspi says: Jan 31, 2012 11:37 AM

    Does anyone else notice…..the bitter Rat Bird fans just can’t get over it and will continue forever in their hatred for the Pat’s. Medical help is needed for some.

  26. senetor24 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:39 AM

    I’m a Giants fan, and I hope Gronk makes it out there Sunday. I want to see both teams at full strength. The past 4 games between these teams have been awesome, and I think the same will be said about Sunday.

  27. rcb0424 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:39 AM

    Listening to Gronk answer the questions I got the feeling he won’t play and all and will be deactive. First off, when asked if he would play he said ‘I don’t know’, far from his post game interview saying he would for sure be playing. When asked if he felt comfortable playing without any pratice he skirted the question completely. My feeling is the Patriots know this and had him not wear the boot to keep the Giants on the toes and preparing for Gronk. If he does play, he won’t run or test the ankle until game day a few hours before the game and after a numbing shot.

  28. mrconnors says: Jan 31, 2012 11:41 AM

    The Patriots had injuries too, and had 4 turnovers in the game.

    I don’t get why everyone thinks the Giants are such huge favorites.

  29. kya_tropic_fan says: Jan 31, 2012 11:44 AM

    brutus9448 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:18 AM

    what makes people think the pats who lost at home to a injury filled giants can now beat them in a nuetral field with them being healthy.

    I just don’t get it.
    _______________________

    Really? You just dont get it? Really? I mean, has it been that long since the Rams beat the Pats in the regular season, in New England, only to see the Pats win out the rest of the way, and beat St Louis in the rematch in Super Bowl 36…. Fast forward 10 years, the Pats lost to the Giants, at home, win out, and meet the Giants in the Super Bowl. Are you really thinking that the Pats have a 0% chance of winning?

  30. bspurloc says: Jan 31, 2012 11:45 AM

    .
    the last super bowl the giants had NO CHANCE cuz 18 other teams showed how u lose to the Pats by trying to COVER all the receivers….
    The giants showed how u beat the pats…. BLITZ BLITZ BLITZ BLITZ…..
    Oh no look Flight Jay Alford has taken off with terrific tom under his arm…. OH NO another sack…
    No worries his hair was not messed up on impact with the ground.
    Time on the clock and belicheat has abandoned his team….. nothing like leaving your men on the field

  31. 8man says: Jan 31, 2012 11:51 AM

    So this is Tuesday morning. Still five full days and then some for that ankle to improve. I would imagine there is some kind of brace they can throw on as well, right?

    Put that damn boot back on until Saturday night! If he can suit up and contribute it’s a different game offensively. The defense still has to show up and put in it’s best game of the year.

  32. bosfaninva says: Jan 31, 2012 11:51 AM

    In addition to the excellent Pats OL negating the Jints DL, the Pats’ no-huddle offense will prevent the Jints from making situational substitutions, especially in their mediocre back 7.

    Advantage: PATS!

  33. andersonnguyen says: Jan 31, 2012 11:58 AM

    I am very happy to hear good news for NE. I think that NE will win the game this time.

  34. patsfiend says: Jan 31, 2012 12:02 PM

    It feels good to get your ankle out of the boot / cast and move it around a bit / keep it loose without straining it too much. I bet he’s wearing the boot at other times during the day. If he had it in the boot all week and then only took it off before the game, he’d feel off balance and the ankle would feel week.

  35. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:05 PM

    “brutus9448 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 11:18 AM
    what makes people think the pats who lost at home to a injury filled giants can now beat them in a nuetral field with them being healthy.

    I just don’t get it.”

    LOL that’s why they actually play the games and don’t let people like you just decide the outcome.

    Giants fans are acting like the Pats were blown out in that game and it was a close thing even with the Pats giving up an uncharacteristic 4 turnovers.

    If the Pats protect the ball well this game it could easily go the other way.

  36. bigbluelou says: Jan 31, 2012 12:14 PM

    Gronk’s TD numbers are alittle askew. The Pats had a weak schedule this year and against teams with better defenses, he struggled. And with an injury I would not expect him to be a factor too much in this game.
    ————————————————–
    Regular Season Losses: 2 vs Buffalo; 0 vs Pittsburgh and 1 vs New York Giants
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    Playoff Wins: 3 vs Denver (meh) 0 vs Ravens

  37. bigbluenationdb says: Jan 31, 2012 12:17 PM

    Gronk will play at about 75%. He will not be much of threat down the field. If the Giants are smart they make him work his a$$ off just to get off the line.

    Regardless this game doesn’t come down to Gronk playing for the Pats. This game comes down to which defense can make the most stops in the red zone. The Pats have won 10 straight but have not played an offense with the weapons the Giants have. The best QB they beat in that stretch was Flacco and their defense still gave up an average of 20 points a game and those numbers are against Tebow twice and some bum for Kansas City.

    The Giants defense has proven they can stop offenses with weapons. Dallas, more weapons then New England, Green Bay best offense in football. Atlanta just as many weapons then New England.

  38. dwoofer says: Jan 31, 2012 12:27 PM

    The Patriots are known for lying and cheating. I would not be surprised if, come game time, lo and behold, the guy runs out onto the field in perfect condition — miraculously in shape to play. A ploy to divert the Giants from game-planning a defense against him. Just watch.

  39. gibson67us says: Jan 31, 2012 12:58 PM

    OK. Without a doubt, either team can win, most obvious cliche there is. BUT news flash-most experts are picking the Giants. Why? because right now at this moment Giants are the better team. As Merrill Hodge said last night, (I’m paraphrasing)” I’m shocked Giants aren’t favored. Go down the list of match-ups; every one the Giants have the advantage. ”

    Pats have no D and no running game. Eli is playing lights out and Giants D is playing much better than prior. Oh, and Edelman is going to cover Cruz? I don’t think so.

    You see, it is one the to be a fan, (and I admit I’m a Giants fan); it is another to just talk and not know what you are talking about. Posters should at least respect the people who do this for a living.

    Let’s see: Hodge, Boomer and Carton, Richard Neer, Steve Somers,
    the list goes on.

    Just saying BB is a great coach and TB wants revenge is not enough

    Go Big Blue!

  40. situsavaisprier says: Jan 31, 2012 12:59 PM

    Get well soon to Gronk and all of the injured players on both teams. I personally think he tapes it up and goes out there.

  41. havok82 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:07 PM

    brutus9448 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 11:18 AM
    what makes people think the pats who lost at home to a injury filled giants can now beat them in a nuetral field with them being healthy.

    I just don’t get it.

    ———————————-
    Maybe becuase it was an injury filled Pats team that lost, too? Injuries happen and both teams had them at the time. Brady was dealing with tendonitis in his elbow at the time for starters and Chung/Spikes went out of that game late. Both teams are relatively healthy this time around. Past performance doesn’t always equal similar results.

  42. havok82 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:15 PM

    bigbluenationdb says:
    Jan 31, 2012 12:17 PM
    Gronk will play at about 75%. He will not be much of threat down the field. If the Giants are smart they make him work his a$$ off just to get off the line.

    Regardless this game doesn’t come down to Gronk playing for the Pats. This game comes down to which defense can make the most stops in the red zone. The Pats have won 10 straight but have not played an offense with the weapons the Giants have. The best QB they beat in that stretch was Flacco and their defense still gave up an average of 20 points a game and those numbers are against Tebow twice and some bum for Kansas City.

    The Giants defense has proven they can stop offenses with weapons. Dallas, more weapons then New England, Green Bay best offense in football. Atlanta just as many weapons then New England.

    ————————————————-
    The Giants weapons are only their WR’s. I’d argue that Philly team (even with VY in there) has some pretty talented weapons. They went in to Philly and sh*tbeat them. Dallas doesn’t have more weapons on offense. Please. Green Bay is the highest scoring offense, but they were not the best. The best offense the Giants played this year was New Orleans and they got SMOKED by them. Atlanta is a complete fraud.

    Look, it’s one thing to be passionate about your team and another to be irrational.

  43. sjhesketh says: Jan 31, 2012 1:28 PM

    dwoofer, your brain has apparently been removed and replaced with 4 pounds of cottage cheese. Small curd.

  44. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:42 PM

    And afterwards he walked away and got that walking boot back on

    Nothing more then a head game from BB

  45. kya_tropic_fan says: Jan 31, 2012 1:52 PM

    I love when people bring up Edelman. He was only on the field to cover for an injury to Arrington…barring injuries, Edelman will not be trying to cover Cruz… But didnt people say the same thing about Troy Brown, he did pretty well on defense in the Super Bowl

  46. bigbluenationdb says: Jan 31, 2012 2:47 PM

    @havock82 – you have to be joking right. the eagles were in complete shambles this year. i believe the game they played against new england maclin was out and vince young was the starter.

    The giants have 3 WRs that would start for New England. Both NY RBs are better then any RB on the New England roster. QB is a toss up. Don’t bring up 3 Super Bowls from a decade ago.

    The Pats have 4-5 guys that would even start in NY. A couple lineman on offense maybe, Wilfork and Gronk (who is playing on one wheel).

  47. pattyarbuccholz says: Jan 31, 2012 2:57 PM

    The Patriots are known for lying and cheating. I would not be surprised if, come game time, lo and behold, the guy runs out onto the field in perfect condition — miraculously in shape to play. A ploy to divert the Giants from game-planning a defense against him. Just watch.

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    Did you watch the AFC Championship and see the injury? Jackass.

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 31, 2012 4:41 PM

    n0hopeleft says:
    Jan 31, 2012 10:39 AM
    Light has IBS.

    He knows what’s coming Sunday night, and he’s pooping in his jock strap.

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    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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