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Rob Gronkowski misses practice

New England Patriots tight end Gronkowski slaps hands with a reporter during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis Reuters

The Patriots released their official practice participation report for Wednesday and, as expected, tight end Rob Gronkowski didn’t take part.

Gronkowski has not been wearing the walking boot to protect his sprained left ankle that he was sporting last week, but the injury is still too much for him to take part in practice. There are two more practices this week and Gronkowski’s status for those sessions is unknown. The team is investigating a special cleat for him to wear on Sunday, but all indications remain that he will be on the field.

Tackle Matt Light, who missed Tuesday’s media day with an illness, was a full participant. Tackle Sebastian Vollmer was limited with the rarely seen flu/back/foot combo. Wide receiver Wes Welker, linebacker Brandon Spikes and guard Logan Mankins highlighted a list of nine other limited Patriots, but they and Vollmer are also expected to suit up come Sunday.

On the Giants side, nobody missed practice. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, defensive end Osi Umenyiora, cornerback Corey Webster and linebacker Jacquian Williams were all limited. Like the limited Patriots, all are expected to play.

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39 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski misses practice”
  1. caseyanthonymunoz says: Feb 1, 2012 5:54 PM

    You can tell it’s a legit injury. Not like Bathroom Ben’s GRADE ONE ankle sprain.

  2. pappert says: Feb 1, 2012 5:55 PM

    Duhhh .. Hes trying to heal

  3. jdandcoke says: Feb 1, 2012 5:57 PM

    this is a stunning development.

  4. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 1, 2012 6:02 PM

    Bathroom Ben would of bravely practiced ( if the media was there).

  5. clivus63 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:03 PM

    He won’t play Sunday.

  6. tombradyallday says: Feb 1, 2012 6:04 PM

    bottom line is hes playing sunday at 630

  7. irishnativeson says: Feb 1, 2012 6:04 PM

    Pure Belichick.

  8. crw37 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:07 PM

    The fact that Gronk came back in last week, and then didn’t wear the boot yesterday and didn’t limp, makes me feel okay about him. Obviously, he won’t be 100%, but he’s young and he’s in shape and he’s tough, and I think that bodes well for him. We’ll see.

  9. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:11 PM

    All this Gronkowski talk. Whats he wasting all of our time for? Rob, take a page out of Jeremy Shockey’s book and let the rest of the team earn your Super Bowl ring for you while you’re watching the game from the V.I.P box and drinking beer.

  10. steviemo says: Feb 1, 2012 6:15 PM

    Anyone who saw the injury knows he’ll be about 50% when he plays on Sunday. It’s a huge injury for the Pats.

  11. rcb0424 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:26 PM

    As a Giants fan at this point I think it will be tougher on us if he doesn’t play all together. We ARE game planning as if he’ll be in the game the entire game and we are preparing our defense to face their 2 TE set. If he didn’t play that would probably swap out to a 3 WR set and we have to go to our back up defenses, which we are practicing as well but our main game plan is for Gronk to play.

  12. wte1 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:28 PM

    Gronk run.

    Gronk catch.

    Gronk run more.

    Gronk score.

    Gronk play Super Bowl.

  13. august1969 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:32 PM

    steviemo says:
    Feb 1, 2012 6:15 PM
    Anyone who saw the injury knows he’ll be about 50% when he plays on Sunday. It’s a huge injury for the Pats.

    You must be one of those Harvard guys!

  14. queensnyvegas says: Feb 1, 2012 6:33 PM

    if he plays or don’t plays giants will win this game

  15. cunninglinguist69 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:48 PM

    Gronkowski missing practice was more about not re-aggravating the injury and trying to be as healthy as possible for Sunday than it was about the injury being “still too much for him to be able to take part in practice.” Semantics, perhaps.

  16. ftblfan9 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:49 PM

    Don’t like to see another flu listing. This could be a story by Sunday.

  17. sschmiggles says: Feb 1, 2012 6:49 PM

    steviemo says:
    Feb 1, 2012 6:15 PM
    Anyone who saw the injury knows he’ll be about 50% when he plays on Sunday. It’s a huge injury for the Pats.
    _____________________

    Scared, scared, scared

    I’ve never seen so many doctors work on one player’s ankle before

  18. thefiesty1 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:50 PM

    Gronk and the Pats are done and it’s not even Sunday yet.

  19. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 1, 2012 6:53 PM

    Dwight Freeney is on ESPN talking about how difficult it was for him to play in the super bowl and he had 4 weeks to rest. Going to be interesting.

  20. foxboro24 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:28 PM

    He is hurt. Maybe can’t play. Leave him alone.

  21. ggreen7 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:28 PM

    Terrell Owens had a MUCH worse ankle injury than Gronkowski prior to Super Bowl XXXIX and played despite what the doctors advised. The result was 9 receptions for 122 yards – and he was 30 years old! I’m not too worried about Gronkowski – but the Giants better be.

  22. conbro8 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:10 PM

    What? Gronkowski has a sprained ankle? When did THIS happen?!

  23. eliteman10 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:24 PM

    I hope the G-Men don’t sleep on Ochocinco. Do not want to get beat by him having a good day.

  24. pdma7 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    Dwight Freeney is on ESPN talking about how difficult it was for him to play in the super bowl and he had 4 weeks to rest…
    ************************************************
    and he had to play a questionable bears O lead by my nan Rex G, or was it Kyle O, or did it matter.

  25. godfatherd says: Feb 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    Why is this a story. Didn’t they already say he probably would not practice all week. It’s the Super Bowl, he’ll be out there on game day. Probably after taking one of those injections Urlacher was talking about.

  26. harry groome says: Feb 1, 2012 8:44 PM

    #GronkHealingTree

  27. nfl1818 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:49 PM

    FYI – Terrell Owens injury and date of injury ? “On December 19, 2004, Owens sustained a severely sprained ankle and a fractured fibula when Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams took him down with a horse-collar tackle”

  28. nfl1818 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:50 PM

    not exactly comparable

  29. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 1, 2012 8:55 PM

    TO also had 7 weeks to rehab his ankle not 2

  30. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 1, 2012 8:58 PM

    @padma7 – that was against new Orleans. I wish people that posted knew more about football.

  31. sschmiggles says: Feb 1, 2012 9:05 PM

    pdma7 says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    and he had to play a questionable bears O lead by my nan Rex G, or was it Kyle O, or did it matter.
    ___________________

    It was Drew Brees, and Freeney was unstoppable in the first half. His ankle swelled up in the second… but he had a torn ligament. Gronk has a strain.

  32. nickster2k says: Feb 1, 2012 9:34 PM

    All this Gronkowski talk. Whats he wasting all of our time for? Rob, take a page out of Jeremy Shockey’s book and let the rest of the team earn your Super Bowl ring for you while you’re watching the game from the V.I.P box and drinking beer.

    ============================

    he caught a TD pass for the Saints in SB 44

    we mock what we don’t understand

  33. steve1iron says: Feb 1, 2012 10:30 PM

    I saw Gronkowski running at the Indianapolis Speedway today. He looked fine to me. I think he’ll play ……….. And lead the Patriots to their 4th Super Bowl.

  34. nejerseygirl says: Feb 1, 2012 11:30 PM

    queensnyvegas says:
    Feb 1, 2012 6:33 PM
    if he plays or don’t plays giants will win this game

     ——————-

    Yo soy fiesta?

  35. tweeter75 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:41 AM

    If the Giants front four makes Brady look like a system quarterback the way the Ravens did, it won’t matter if Gronkowski plays anyway. Brady won’t have his usual 8 seconds to stand back in the pocket flat-footed and pick the Giants D apart with his two tight ends and slot receiver Wes Welker.

  36. titsburgfeelers says: Feb 2, 2012 3:36 AM

    Cheaters

  37. chrisexv6 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:01 AM

    @steve1iron:

    Exactly!

    He’ll lead them there…..but they wont win

  38. dmretrogames says: Feb 2, 2012 7:37 AM

    Pouncey had the same injury in the AFCC Game last year and missed the Super Bowl. Roethlisberger had the same injury and tried to play eleven days later. His mobility was severely limited.

    The latter is probably more applicable to Gronk, since he doesn’t need the leverage of a center to run pass patterns. I wouldn’t ask him to block much.

  39. TheDPR says: Feb 2, 2012 8:20 AM

    Gronk wasn’t expected to practice before the game, so why is this news? News would be if he DID practice.

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