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Belichick says Gronkowski had a good practice

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on during a practice for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis Reuters

Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t exactly going to fill up a reporter’s notebook with information about one of his injured players, but to the extent that he discussed tight end Rob Gronkowski’s return to practice today, Belichick sounded positive.

Pool reporter Alex Marvez spoke with Belichick after the practice session at the Colts’ facilities, and Belichick said things went well, but the real key is seeing whether Gronkowski feels tomorrow like he overdid it today.

“It was good,” Belichick said. “It was fine. We’ll see where he is tomorrow — whether that set him back, whether it didn’t and whether he’s able to continue to progress on a daily basis. But it was a good test for him, too, at least. At least he was out here and did some things to see how it feels. We’ll see how it goes.”

Belichick described the Patriots as having “good energy” and added that “They worked hard.”

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41 Responses to “Belichick says Gronkowski had a good practice”
  1. jmohr107 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:21 PM

    Who wears short shorts…

  2. jagsfan1 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:22 PM

    Well…enough said – Gronk is 100% – because we all know “Double B” is a bastian of truth now – don’t we?

  3. 69finfan says: Feb 2, 2012 7:32 PM

    For the love of God can they move the game up please?

  4. jackntorres says: Feb 2, 2012 7:33 PM

    I’d bet he would with his teammates making sure to be extra careful with that ankle. Won’t be like that on Sunday.

  5. zaggs says: Feb 2, 2012 7:34 PM

    Eh, Patriots were full strength in week 9.

  6. mikemc89 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:01 PM

    @zaggs the pats were not full strength in week 9. Hernandez did not play. plus, at the time, Albert Haynesworth was still on the team….which was like playing with 3 injured d linemen. (exaggeration for dramatic effect). so…needless to say, both teams are completely different then the last time they met. so, its pointless to make assumptions based on that game, or any game before it.

    Go Pats

  7. westclaims says: Feb 2, 2012 8:03 PM

    “Belichick says Gronkowski had a good practice”

    And you can take that to the bank. That is, if your owner is ready to cough up a $500,000.00 bonus.

  8. august1969 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:09 PM

    This is great news. Patriots win. Hernandez and Welker set records. Branch comes up big. BJGE has a big day. No name defense guys become overnight stars. Sterling Moore increases his legend.

    This one is going to be as good as all the others, except 2001. That one was as good as the Giants one was in 2007, um, for the Giants.

  9. porkchop717 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:12 PM

    Those cutoff shorts with the cutoff hoody are stellar

  10. tombradyallday says: Feb 2, 2012 8:16 PM

    patriots are underdawgs, giants are runnin there mouth, brady and belichick backs up aganist the wall= brady dominance

  11. sschmiggles says: Feb 2, 2012 8:29 PM

    mikemc89, Hernandez did play and had a fairly good game. However, he was playing on an MCL sprain he didn’t fully recover from until December.

    Vollmer played in the game, but with a back injury. I believe that was his last game, in fact. Green-Ellis was playing with turf toe.

    Chung and Spikes left in the second half with injuries and it made a noticeable difference, as it forced Sergio Brown and Tracy White on the field, neither of whom is playing defense anymore.

    They were a completely different team in week 9, especially on D. Cutting Haynesworth was addition by subtraction–Kyle Love has turned into a solid DT.

    The d-line in general has improved tremendously. But since they’re all no-name players, no one will give them any credit unless they show up on Sunday. It’s that backend that is the Pats’ true weakness on D. They have to play their best game of the season.

  12. vandalay1 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:31 PM

    @zags: no they weren’t. Brady was 2 weeks into his elbow injury and had one of his worst days throwing the ball. We’ll see what happens Sunday won’t we. Lots of talk out there in giants land, the silence will be epic on Sunday night at around 10:30.

  13. armchairqb says: Feb 2, 2012 8:32 PM

    How is it that people think that the Pats feel like underdogs because lots of people are picking the Giants in this game?

    Just a guess, but I’m pretty sure that none of the players of either team have as much time as we to surf the net and listen to endless hours of sports talk radio.

    These are pro athletes — both teams are expecting to win.

  14. riihab says: Feb 2, 2012 8:35 PM

    GRONK MODE!

  15. armchairqb says: Feb 2, 2012 8:36 PM

    Gronk misses practice, Pats fans say guaranteed championship.

    Gronk goes to practice, Pats fans say guaranteed championship.

    Gronk eats breakfast, Pats fans say guaranteed championship.

  16. grogansheroes says: Feb 2, 2012 8:45 PM

    The Pats never said he had a high ankle sprain, his dad did. I think it was some other, minor injury. The way he was jumping around after the AFCC game makes me think he is going to be at least 90%

  17. heisthejuan says: Feb 2, 2012 8:46 PM

    Nice that he practiced, but as BB said tomorrow is the indicator. If he doesn’t practice tomorrow, he isn’t playing.

  18. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 2, 2012 8:48 PM

    Thats great but whats he gonna do when Boley puts a helmet right on the high ankle ! We talking practice not a game we talking practice !

  19. patsfanforevah says: Feb 2, 2012 8:49 PM

    The giants d-line? Ha…. BJGE will run all day and drop 150.

    Giant fans – how does it feel to have a team that gave up more than they scored? Pathetic and mediocre at best.

  20. tiffpats4eva says: Feb 2, 2012 9:09 PM

    zaggs says:
    Feb 2, 2012 7:34 PM
    Eh, Patriots were full strength in week 9.
    ***********

    Were you guys at full strength when you lost to the Skins all of those times this year?

    Didn’t the Seahawks beat you in New Jersey?

  21. armchairqb says: Feb 2, 2012 9:11 PM

    patsfanforevah says: Feb 2, 2012 8:49 PM

    The giants d-line? Ha…. BJGE will run all day and drop 150.

    ••••••••••••••

    Wow, that would be pretty impressive, considering he rushed for a grand total of 667 yards in 16 games this season.

    Did you even watch the Pats this season, dude?

  22. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 2, 2012 9:15 PM

    Patriots fans -how does it feel to have a team that did not beat a team with a winning record in the regular season !

  23. bingobrown12 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:38 PM

    Week 9 was Haynesworth ‘s last game.I remember
    the Giants RB just walking in for a TD as
    Haynesworth is just standing there watching him.

    What a Bum.

  24. nfl1818 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:42 PM

    Gronk misses practice, Pats fans say guaranteed championship.

    Gronk goes to practice, Pats fans say guaranteed championship.

    Gronk eats breakfast, Pats fans say guaranteed championship.

    Gronk takes a dump .. .

    Gronk hooks up with porn star .. .

    Gronk calls Belichick “dawg” . . .

    it’s not just bc of 15 wins that we are having fun

  25. subseaservices says: Feb 2, 2012 9:44 PM

    The giants d-line? Ha…. BJGE will run all day and drop 150.

    Giant fans – how does it feel to have a team that gave up more than they scored? Pathetic and mediocre at best.
    ***************************
    Hey pats fan- Given the toughest schedule in the league this year, it feels GREAT! Beating the mighty Pats AGAIN- this year in YOUR house.

    How did that feel? How did 18-1 feel in XLII?

  26. nfl1818 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:46 PM

    Thats great but whats he gonna do when Boley puts a helmet right on the high ankle ! We talking practice not a game we talking practice !

    If this happens, I would virtually gty a Patriots victory –

    The Pats absolutely need Gronk, but this would be the exact missing ingredient to what it wud take to win without him.

    BTW – u have a few things to learn about sportmanship

  27. nfl1818 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:47 PM

    the shorts are going on sale soon – hoodie already a best seller

  28. bingobrown12 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:50 PM

    eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 2, 2012 8:48 PM

    Thats great but whats he gonna do when Boley puts a helmet right on the high ankle ! We talking practice not a game we talking practice !
    ————————————————————
    Boley does that he’s finished for the day with a
    concussion cause he’ll be GRONKED!

  29. holdthemayo123 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:58 PM

    The key difference for the Pats is not necessarily personnel on defense, but rather they have been able to play much better as a unit in the playoffs.
    Either way, it is silly to compare what happened halfway through the season to now. the Giants had some very ugly struggles n the regular season. if that was reflective of post season performance they wouldn’t be here.

  30. bradwins says: Feb 2, 2012 10:08 PM

    I wish Gronkowski hadn’t practiced. I don’t see what could be gained. Seems like high risk/low reward, which is odd for the Pats.

  31. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 2, 2012 10:22 PM

    Does belli really have a cutoff hoody, AND cutoff sweat shorts, AND a sweat mark in the shape of jesus on a cross on his chest!? That HAS TO be a good sign right?.

    Again, Pats, I don’t want to put any undue pressure on you, but WIN… or I’ll die.

  32. sjoyner59 says: Feb 2, 2012 10:37 PM

    Gronkowski is one hell of a TE, I bet he plays and has a good game….if he doesn’t the Patriots lose

  33. phonymcringring says: Feb 2, 2012 10:45 PM

    OMG another quote from BB?? This guy talks more than Rex Ryan…

  34. 1historian says: Feb 2, 2012 11:56 PM

    I think the Pats (Belichik) are gonna keep up the b.s. about the guy and he’ll play in the 1st half not too much running but blocking, etc – Hernandez gets open quicker – and in the 2nd half – surprise.

    Pats lose to the same team 3 straight times?

    Ain’t gonna happen

  35. descendency says: Feb 3, 2012 12:00 AM

    jmohr107 says:
    Feb 2, 2012 7:21 PM
    Who wears short shorts…

    —————–

    Have you seen Belichick’s GF?

    I’m ordering me a pair right now…

  36. nycbigblue77 says: Feb 3, 2012 12:09 AM

    He s playing giants are winning no excuses

  37. bospat says: Feb 3, 2012 12:36 AM

    zaggs says:
    Feb 2, 2012 7:34 PM
    Eh, Patriots were full strength in week 9.
    ———-
    yep right up till the last 15 seconds… all we gotta do is stop Elucky and close..def is no better than the Ravens…

  38. surfwater says: Feb 3, 2012 12:40 AM

    Gronk’s ankle even taped may not be willing to support him during the game. Giants win anyway.

  39. hedleykow says: Feb 3, 2012 1:53 AM

    Bottom line is that one defender will handle Gronk, instead of the 2 and sometimes 3 defenders he would have demanded if his ankle weren’t smashed.

    Advantage: Giants

  40. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Feb 3, 2012 6:31 AM

    If BB took a dump at the fifty yard line it would be labeled genius ,its out of control !

  41. thelawfirm42 says: Feb 3, 2012 7:58 AM

    hey mikemc,.. Hernandez DID play,. in fact he caught a td right in front of my 2nd row seat,. We lost spikes in that game,. Im a Die hard pats fan and cant stand untrue statements which make real fans look bad,. real fans wouldnt say one of their key guys didnt play when he actually did….

    mikemc89 says:
    Feb 2, 2012 8:01 PM
    @zaggs the pats were not full strength in week 9. Hernandez did not play. plus, at the time, Albert Haynesworth was still on the team….which was like playing with 3 injured d linemen. (exaggeration for dramatic effect). so…needless to say, both teams are completely different then the last time they met. so, its pointless to make assumptions based on that game, or any game before it.

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