Skip to content

Belichick: Despite practicing, Gronkowski “not ready yet”

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

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has practiced for more than a week, but coach  Bill Belichick said Wednesday he wasn’t necessarily close to a return.

“He did more last week than he did the week before, and we’ll see where he’s at today and tomorrow when we go out there, see what he can do,” Belichick said, via Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe. “We’ll take it day-to-day, based on where he’s at. He’s moving along, not ready yet.”

Gronkowski suffered a broken forearm on Nov. 19. The fact he’s practicing is a good sign for his potential availability for the postseason. But Belichick said he won’t play until he’s been cleared medically, and he hasn’t been yet.

“Those are really decisions that are made medically. If players are able to play, then we play them. If they’re not, then we don’t. It’s the same for every player, we treat them all the same,” Belichick said. “There’s nothing more important than a player’s health and safety, so when they’re cleared to play, then we make a playing decision, and if they’re not cleared to play, then there’s no decision to make.

“I don’t think that’s a decision that a coach makes or influences, that’s a medical decision if it’s a medical situation. Once it’s a competitive decision, then that’s a coach’s decision. [If it’s a] medical decision, that’s made by medical people.”

The Patriots still have a chance at the AFC’s top seed with a win against the Dolphins and a loss by both the Texans or the Broncos. The Patriots can earn a bye with a win and a loss by either of the other two.

Permalink 7 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, New England Patriots, Rumor Mill
7 Responses to “Belichick: Despite practicing, Gronkowski “not ready yet””
  1. oldladykillaz says: Dec 26, 2012 1:39 PM

    theyre already locked in, theyre still destroying teams without him..gronk wont make the difference between being a 3rd seed or a 2nd, thats the only thing theyre playing for. i hate the pats and hope they fall on their face, but why start a valuable player and risk reinjury, even if he is cleared.

  2. rc33 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:02 PM

    It was initially described as a 4 – 8 week injury. If he misses Week 17 that will be 6 weeks on the shelf. Bottom line, I’m sure he’ll be ready to go when the postseason bullets start flying. I’m sure they’d like to get him some reps against Miami but there’s absolutely no sense in risking it.

  3. ranesmith says: Dec 26, 2012 2:13 PM

    Lets go pats

  4. wiggy617 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:15 PM

    If Gronk could rush the passer or play in the Pats secondary he’d have to play hurt starting this sunday vs. the dolphins, they need the help.

  5. beauregard says: Dec 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    There’s a slim outside chance the Texans lose to the Colts.
    There’s no chance the Broncos lose to the Chiefs.
    The Pats should take care of business in Miami.

    So, it’s Texans and Broncos 1 and 2 with the Pats losing the bye week and come in at #3. They no doubt will win the first round of the playoffs and come to Denver for the quarterfinals. The winner of that game will then go beat the Texans and then go on to win the Super Bowl handily. The really big game that could go either way is the Pats at Denver. Winner of that game goes all the way.

  6. patsfan13 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:43 PM

    I hope the Pats keep him out until completely ready. A helmet to the forearm could be disasterous. I’m more concerned about the play of Hernandez. He has dropped many easy catches, and I question his effort. There was one pass where all he had to do was bend and extend a little bit, and he just stopped. Brady had some words with him, but after signing that contract extension his effort hasn’t been the same.

  7. patsfan22 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:23 PM

    There’s a slim outside chance the Texans lose to the Colts.
    There’s no chance the Broncos lose to the Chiefs.
    The Pats should take care of business in Miami.

    So, it’s Texans and Broncos 1 and 2 with the Pats losing the bye week and come in at #3. They no doubt will win the first round of the playoffs and come to Denver for the quarterfinals. The winner of that game will then go beat the Texans and then go on to win the Super Bowl handily. The really big game that could go either way is the Pats at Denver. Winner of that game goes all the way.

    ————————————————–

    Agreed, just think if Gostowski hadn’t shanked that 40 yard field goal against Arizona we’d have been the number 1 seed for 3 straight years…

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!