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Rob Gronkowski returns to practice as a limited participant

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In the most tangible sign yet that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will play on Sunday, the team announced today that he did participate in practice.

On today’s injury report, the Patriots listed Gronkowski as a limited participant. Yesterday he was the only player on the team who didn’t practice at all.

The status of Gronkowski, who suffered an ankle injury in the AFC Championship Game, has been the subject of a great deal of media scrutiny over the last week and a half. But all indications are that he will be able to play on Sunday. If he’s on the field at all today, it’s just about impossible to imagine that he wouldn’t be on the field for the Super Bowl.

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25 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski returns to practice as a limited participant”
  1. adantsa says: Feb 2, 2012 5:33 PM

    Ankle? I don’t need no stinkin ankle! Gronk is a beast!

  2. riihab says: Feb 2, 2012 5:34 PM

    Nothing can keep the GRONK of the field! GRONK MODE!

  3. coleman121280 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:34 PM

    Sure

  4. tallguyme says: Feb 2, 2012 5:41 PM

    unless he, uh, like re-aggravates it.

  5. dolfan1 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:42 PM

    Go Giants………… AGAIN!

  6. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 2, 2012 5:52 PM

    It just goes to show… the Baltimore Ravens will NEVER go to the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco at QB.

  7. 2sausage11 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:53 PM

    Gronk means win

  8. 420hippy says: Feb 2, 2012 5:53 PM

    i hope he plays

  9. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 2, 2012 5:55 PM

    whatever happened to the other gronkowskis

  10. august1969 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:57 PM

    Giants are TOAST!!!

    Eli is due for PICKS!!!!

  11. situsavaisprier says: Feb 2, 2012 5:57 PM

    He’s definitely playing. For me I don’t care if that guy will play with a limp, he needs to be accounted for on every play he’s on the field. Patriots have several guys to watch out for no doubt, but Rob Gronkowski has to be watched.

  12. unbreakable02215 says: Feb 2, 2012 5:57 PM

    Gronk catch ball. Gronk spike ball.

    Championship.

  13. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 2, 2012 6:01 PM

    If he plays the Giants can account for him with only one player. No need in doubling someone on a gimp ankle.

  14. bobhk says: Feb 2, 2012 6:04 PM

    Real time action in game is very very different than practice. For him to make cut and push off that ankle is another matter all together….

    We’ll know soon enough…

  15. rc33 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:08 PM

    No one wants to talk about it but..
    the Giants O.L…or lack thereof…is just screaming to be exploited.

  16. jdandcoke says: Feb 2, 2012 6:11 PM

    its a high ankle sprain. he wont be close to 100%. no matter how anyone wants to spin it, this isnt a good thing for the pats. hernandez and welker will have to beat the giants.

  17. dolfan1 says: Feb 2, 2012 6:13 PM

    Maybe the Pats can trademark 15-4 this year!

  18. siaaa says: Feb 2, 2012 6:24 PM

    he will be humbled by the Giants defense.

  19. rushmatic says: Feb 2, 2012 6:37 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    It just goes to show… the Baltimore Ravens will NEVER go to the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco at QB.

    ___________________

    It has nothing to do with that.

    What your post shows is that you’re a sad, lonely Squealer fan with nothing better to do than post dumb s#&t on this website all day.

    Go GRONK!

  20. bobhk says: Feb 2, 2012 6:40 PM

    Feb 2, 2012 6:08 PM

    No one wants to talk about it but..
    the Giants O.L…or lack thereof…is just screaming to be exploited

    ———
    By who? Carter is gone. Wilfork is good but rest are scrubs.

  21. armchairqb says: Feb 2, 2012 6:42 PM

    Hmm … Think there might be one or two Pats fans here? Anything pro NE gets huge ups, anything anti-NE gets huge downs.

  22. mornelithe says: Feb 2, 2012 6:49 PM

    @ SIAAA: Yes, the vaunted Giants secondary is something to behold. C’mon, their front 4 is great, and you can’t take that away from them in the slightest, but to say their secondary could humble even a 75% Gronk is overstating the facts.

    @ BigBlueNationDB: Absolutely, because there’s no possible way he’ll catch balls because of his ankle.

  23. nfl1818 says: Feb 2, 2012 7:04 PM

    rest are scrubs.

    huh ? whats not to love about love ?

  24. vandalay1 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:37 PM

    Bobhk sounds scared…what are you worried about, don’t you know the giants already think they’ve won and Sunday is merely a formality?

  25. 1historian says: Feb 3, 2012 12:11 AM

    DA GRONK!!!!!

    If he’s not 100% keep him in to block. Hernandez gets open quicker underneath. Gronk can also block and the Pats have got a bunch of pretty good runners who will be available and there’s Welker, there’s Branch, and I would be tickled to see Senor Ochocinco get open a time or two.

    Should be a good game

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