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Rob Gronkowski: I definitely make the final call on playing

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Rob Gronkowski’s status for Sunday continues to be one of the biggest storylines and the Patriots tight end shed some light on who will make the decision about his ability to play during Thursday’s media availability.

“I definitely make the final call,” Gronkowski said, via the Boston Herald.

Bill Belichick might have a slightly different interpretation of how that call gets made, but it seems clear at this point that the bulk of the decision is going to come down to pain management. Gronkowski isn’t going to be 100 percent which means the question will be how much his ankle can take without slowing him down to the point that he’s a detriment to the team.

Gronkowski also made life a bit less interesting for those who are looking at the Patriots’ practice participation lists to get a read on whether or not he’ll be ready to go on Sunday. He said that not practicing this week wouldn’t keep him out of the game before saying that he didn’t know if he would be on the practice field Thursday. And then, again per the Herald, Gronkowski fake-limped offstage.

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23 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski: I definitely make the final call on playing”
  1. mikeeg says: Feb 2, 2012 12:16 PM

    Note to Giants. Step on his ankle or twist the hell outta it in the piles.

  2. nesportsfan0428 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:21 PM

    I’m a big Gronk fan, but based on the interviews he’s given, he doesn’t seem like the brightest bulb.

    Just have Doctor walk up to him on Saurday and go “Hey Rob, great news! We took some X-Rays, and you’re all healed!” and I bet he’d play great on Sunday.

  3. dansyndersux says: Feb 2, 2012 12:22 PM

    There is zero chance he will miss THIS game. How effective he can be is anyways guess.

  4. steviemo says: Feb 2, 2012 12:28 PM

    Gronk’s injury could mean the difference between winning and losing the Super Bowl. At full strength, I liked their chances. With Gronk playing on one leg, I give them no chance of winning.

  5. originalsteelcurtain says: Feb 2, 2012 12:35 PM

    Why wait until Sunday?

    Can’t someone just ask his Dad today?

  6. kuantan97 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:44 PM

    “I’m a big Gronk fan, but based on the interviews he’s given, he doesn’t seem like the brightest bulb.”

    Maybe, but he can’t be as dumb as Brett Keisel.

  7. patsfiend says: Feb 2, 2012 12:49 PM

    GRONK!!

  8. bradblah says: Feb 2, 2012 12:49 PM

    what are the chances of him/the pats overplaying this injury in hopes the giants focus their prep on hernandez/welker?

    this just seems awful strange for a pats player to talk this much about an injury.

  9. ampats says: Feb 2, 2012 1:01 PM

    98.5 is reporting that Gronk will practice today on a limited basis and hopefully there will be no setbacks.

    nesportsfan,
    he’s a 22 year old”kid” playing on the biggest stage of his life and his every movement is being watched and documented, as a Pats fan give him a break ! Remember draft day when he was picked and he came on stage with his Pats helmet?

  10. bspurloc says: Feb 2, 2012 1:06 PM

    .
    does not matter….
    giants could care less if he plays wah wah wah….
    He rocked my fantasy team is all that matter and fantasy is over….
    18-1

  11. steviemo says: Feb 2, 2012 1:13 PM

    You didn’t see the injury take place? No fakery there.

  12. bbrophy1 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:17 PM

    It’s all about how he looks in the 2nd half after the extended halftime show and the adrenaline wears off. In 2010 Dwight Freeney went into the game with an ankle injury and looked pretty good in the first half, but disappeared in the 2nd half.

  13. tweeter75 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:20 PM

    If the Giants front four make Brady look like a system quarterback the way the Ravens did, and Tom doesn’t have 8 seconds in the pocket to stand flat footed and pick the Giants secondary apart behind the best offensive line ever, it won’t matter if Gronkowski plays or not.

  14. siaaa says: Feb 2, 2012 1:20 PM

    he’s a great player but this game is much bigger than him. Its all about Brady and Manning. everyone else is secondary and can be made up for.

  15. 2sausage11 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:22 PM

    Watch him limp on the field and then blast off for a TD first play

  16. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 2, 2012 1:24 PM

    there is no chance he doesn’t suit up and take the field. how effective will he be? No on knows. This is an injury that if he can play through pain he will probably be at about 70%.

    Both teams are going to have a game plan that accounts for him if plays or doesn’t. Do people really think the Pats don’t have an alternate game plan if he can’t go or is not effective? Same with the Giants coaching staff. They have probably developed two game plans or can tweak their plan based on how he is playing.

    Both of theses teams are going to be well prepared and ready for anything.

    The thing that is cracking me up is how some people think Ochosinco is going to have huge impact on the game. He is an old WR that doesn’t even understand the offense.

  17. PFTiswhatitis says: Feb 2, 2012 1:45 PM

    “tweeter75 says:Feb 2, 2012 1:20 PM

    If the Giants front four make Brady look like a system quarterback the way the Ravens did, and Tom doesn’t have 8 seconds in the pocket to stand flat footed and pick the Giants secondary apart behind the best offensive line ever, it won’t matter if Gronkowski plays or not.”
    —————–

    I saw the Ravens D. The Giants D is no Ravens D.
    Pats win big.

  18. fuaholes says: Feb 2, 2012 2:25 PM

    Note to all you Giants fans:

    This is not 2007. The 2011 Patriots are a very different team and are far more equipped to handle this mediocre Giants team. The Patriots D line will destroy the Giants O line and make Eli look like Peyton. The chances the Pats lose to the Giants twice in the same year are slim. Your overconfidence is your weakness. NY Giants players and fans have diarrhea of the mouth and you don’t know when to shut up. The Pats WILL win on Sunday and cement their legacy as one of the greatest teams of all time. Keep talking a**holes.

  19. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Feb 2, 2012 2:36 PM

    This sounds so much like Pouncey last year…

  20. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 2, 2012 2:50 PM

    This is not 2007. The 2011 Patriots are a very different team and are far more equipped to handle this mediocre Giants team. The Patriots D line will destroy the Giants O line and make Eli look like Peyton. The chances the Pats lose to the Giants twice in the same year are slim. Your overconfidence is your weakness. NY Giants players and fans have diarrhea of the mouth and you don’t know when to shut up. The Pats WILL win on Sunday and cement their legacy as one of the greatest teams of all time. Keep talking a**holes

    ——————————————–

    The 2007 Patriots defense was 10 times better then this defense. Pats didn’t get to Eli but once in week 9 and that was with Andrea Carter.

  21. kingcarlbanks says: Feb 2, 2012 3:23 PM

    I like how Pats fans keep talking about the Giants D not being as good as the Ravens. True, but you seem to forget how horrible the Pats D is. The Giants D is waay better than what the Pats field. And I’ll take the Giants offense vs The Pats defense all day long. You’re not facing Joe Flacco and the WR deficient Ravens this week. And by the way, Tom is going to get hit, alot. Pats better pray Gronk heals up, because Brady’s going to need every weapon he has. Blue Hell is coming for you Mr Brady!

  22. war27 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:56 PM

    Any player on any NFL team worth anything doesn’t make the final call. If the head coach doesn’t want him dressed, he isn’t dressing.

  23. ihatestupidpeople says: Feb 2, 2012 10:05 PM

    Are there rules to posting we can see before our posts just happen to vanish? I’m fine with rules, just wish I knew them… Saying people shouldn’t wish that Gronk’s career should be over by purposely hurting him shouldn’t be censored should it?

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