Rob Gronkowski misses practice

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.
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    Scared, scared, scared

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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…
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    and he had to play a questionable bears O lead by my nan Rex G, or was it Kyle O, or did it matter.

  9. 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.

  10. 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”

  11. 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.
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    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.

  12. 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.

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    he caught a TD pass for the Saints in SB 44

    we mock what we don’t understand

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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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