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Rob Gronkowski returns to practice

New England Patriots tight end Gronkowski celebrates his touchdown in front of Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Conner during the first half of their NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

The Patriots had every member of their team eligible to practice taking part in Friday’s session, including tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski has not practiced since breaking his forearm late in New England’s 59-28 victory over the Colts last month. The injury required surgery to repair the break and Gronkowski has missed the last three games as a result.

Mary Paoletti of CSNNewEngland.com reports that Gronkowski was wearing long sleeves during the portion of practice open to the media, so there was no way to tell what kind of padding or brace, if any, might have been on his left arm. Paoletti also reports that Gronkowski appeared to keep his arm tucked close to his body while jogging.

The Patriots will release their injury report later Friday and it would seem likely that Gronkowski will be listed as a limited participant. What any of this means for his status for the game remains to be seen, although getting back to practice on Friday would set Gronkowski up to do more next week even if he isn’t able to play against the 49ers on Sunday night.

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15 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski returns to practice”
  1. unbreakable02215 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:13 PM

    Put him on the board. Grobobowski.

    Championship.

  2. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Dec 14, 2012 2:24 PM

    I want this guy to play! I want the PATRIOTS at full strength. Its going to be a GREAT GAME!! GO NINERS!!

  3. DubZ480 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:24 PM

    The real Beast Mode!

  4. cardiffgiant11 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:25 PM

    glad to see him back at practice. 49ers will be a tough game with or without Gronk but it’ll be great to have him back for the playoffs at the very least.

  5. bostonboy82 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:30 PM

    Good to see Gronk back on the field.

    Houston was suppose to be tuff too…..

  6. azarkhan says: Dec 14, 2012 2:31 PM

    I doubt he’ll play until the last game of the season.

  7. jrfrom508 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:33 PM

    YEAH

  8. danoj14 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:37 PM

    unbreakable02215 says:
    Dec 14, 2012 2:13 PM
    Put him on the board. Grobobowski.

    Championship.

    —————————————————-

    It was clever yesterday…

    Today? Not so much

  9. pastabelly says: Dec 14, 2012 3:03 PM

    azarkhan says:
    Dec 14, 2012 2:31 PM
    I doubt he’ll play until the last game of the season.
    ===============================
    That’s the one game that I wouldn’t play him. At that point, get Gronk a couple of extra weeks.

  10. JackAcid says: Dec 14, 2012 3:31 PM

    Unless Gronk is 100%, returning to play the 49ers is probably not the best timing.

  11. cliverush says: Dec 14, 2012 4:23 PM

    Keeping an injured arm close to the body when in motion is a sign of pain. He is probably just getting on the field for conditioning purposes.

  12. lanman11 says: Dec 14, 2012 4:46 PM

    The guy the Patriots will miss here is Edelman…. He would cut up that defense. Too quick. Too athletic.

  13. patfanken says: Dec 14, 2012 5:29 PM

    Let the Niners worry about Gronk. But he won’t play on Sunday, though its nice that he’s at least getting started on the Road back.

    Go check, the Pats have a several guys who, after getting injured, practiced for a week BEFORE they came back. Mankins, Jones, Chung, Hernandez, all didn’t play the first week they came back to practice.

    On the plus side it looks like Gronk will be back for the Jags and have a couple of games to get ready for the playoffs.

  14. bullcharger says: Dec 14, 2012 8:39 PM

    49ers are a good team, but the only really great win they have was against Green Bay and that was the first game of the year. The Giants are really the best team they played and that was not even a contest. I think the 49ers will be majorly over matched in this one regardless if Gronk plays or not.

  15. patsfan13 says: Dec 15, 2012 9:11 AM

    I hope they hold him out until he is completely healed. It’s not like the other teams would purposely put a helmet on the injured arm. (Yeah right)!

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